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Subutex Detoxification

Written by Drew Redd. Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy.

Subutex offers real hope for a sober future if you struggle with opioid addiction. This effective opiate substitute used during detox enables you to wean off your drug of choice, instead of feeling the ill effects of going “cold turkey.” Using the medication gives people just like you an 80 percent success rate in sobriety at six months. Compared to methadone’s 50 percent success rate for the same time period, using this type of detox makes sense for many people.

What Is Subutex?

Utah Subutex Detoxification Subutex Treatment in UtahSubutex is the brand name for a prescribed medication called buprenorphine. Medication professionals use it to treat opiate addiction, and the drug works well for those going through opiate withdrawal. Through detox supervision, you do not risk developing an addiction to the weaning medication that many people experience when using it on their own outside of treatment. This opiate weaning medication binds with your opioid receptors in the brain and along your spinal column, just like your regular drug of choice. However, the medication doesn’t cause the euphoria of your regular opioid. This means that you can use Subutex to prevent ill effects of withdrawal from opioids without feeling high. The dose of your buprenorphine is also “stepped down” over time, helping you wean off opiates all together.
After you finish detox, you need rehab treatment. While detox helps your body cleanse itself of physical dependence on your drug, rehab helps you learn how to stay sober. In rehab, you learn relapse prevention, coping skills, and life skills. This means learning about your triggers, temptations, stress reactions and causes of your addiction during therapy.

How Subutex Helps You Get Through Detox

Subutex detoxification substitutes buprenorphine for opioids in your detox program. This method keeps you from going into opioid withdrawal, whether you used morphine, heroin, prescription painkillers, or any other opioid in your addiction. The detox professionals then wean you off of your medication gradually or help you get through a rapid detox using Subutex.
Without this buprenorphine detox, you would suffer a wide range of opioid withdrawal effects, including:
  • Muscle cramping
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Restless legs
When you begin buprenorphine treatment, it starts with a health exam, screening process, and addiction assessment. Through the information gained by these screenings, your individual treatment plan takes shape. This plan includes the help you need for comfortable, healthy, and safe withdrawal.

How Does Tapering for Detox Work?

Tapering Subutex detoxification is simple. In this method of detox, your dose of the buprenorphine decreases slowly over a period of time. Each day you use a slightly smaller dose until your body can function without the substance. You do not feel the effects of withdrawal using this method, but the process takes several weeks.

Opiate Addiction Detox and Rehab in Provo, UT

In Provo, Ardu Recovery Center’s Utah opiate addiction treatment program uses Subutex detoxification for qualified residents. You go through detox at Ardu Recovery Center, then move into the rehab program where your true recovery begins.

Programs of Ardu Recovery Center rehab include:

At Ardu Recovery Center in Provo, Utah, we give you the opportunity to rise up against your opioid addiction. Finally, you can enjoy the lasting addiction recovery you want with this help. To get started, contact Ardu Recovery Center today at 801-810-1234 for more information about available Utah programs.

Drew Redd

Drew Redd is the executive director of Ardu Recovery Center and is dedicated to empowering people on their journey to sobriety.