Suboxone Withdrawal and Detox with Naltrexone
Suboxone is a drug with opiate-like qualities that is often used to relieve the withdrawal symptoms of people coming off of heroin or Methadone addictions. Unfortunately, Suboxone is also highly addictive; many patients are unable to stop using Suboxone after they have begun taking it. Many patients stay on Suboxone for a long time as a maintenance drug and then are unable to relinquish the drug, even if they try to wean off of it slowly. We are now seeing many patients come to The Coleman Institute to free themselves from their Suboxone addictions even if they have successfully detoxed from heroin or Methadone.
It is true that a few patients can detox off of Suboxone, but it can be very difficult for most patients. Even if patients are able to wean off of Suboxone over an extended period of time, they usually still have considerable withdrawal symptoms after the Suboxone is gone. We sometimes refer to this as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), and for Suboxone it can sometimes last for up to six months.
Fortunately, The Coleman Institute offers a different, and much easier, detoxification process from Suboxone-a process that we also successfully use with patients who still suffer from other opiate addictions: our Accelerated Detox program. Using Accelerated Detox, we can detoxify patients off even large doses of Suboxone over a five to eight day period. Following detoxification, we recommend Naltrexone therapy, usually in the form of a Naltrexone implant. The Naltrexone implant fills up the opiate receptors in the brain and this decreases cravings and the residual withdrawal symptoms. Each implant lasts for six to twelve weeks. This gives our Suboxone patients a significant head start in remaining drug-free permanently.
After being on suboxone for ten years, I thought there was little hope for life without it. However, the Coleman Institute was just a phone call away to beginning a new chapter in my life. Dr. Coleman and his staff were professional, compassionate, caring, and top notch in the service that they provide to individuals that need a new lease on life. Throughout the entire process, I felt that I was in good hands. When I became anxious and had concerns due to the intense nature of what I was experiencing, those fears were always quelled by the intelligent, well-trained staff.
Thanks to all of you that I interacted with: Amy, you accommodated me on short notice. You were my initial contact with the Coleman Institute over the phone. In addition, one of my final goodbyes when you came out to meet me as I left the clinic. Since you work in a different building, you didn't have to do this but you did! Selena, you helped me at check-in and always had a smile on your face each morning. Trupti, you are a native New Yorker so we bonded instantly. Thank you for your gentle nature when administering shots! Janet, your great energy and caring nature always put me at ease. You always made sure that I was comfortable and did anything/everything when I wasn't. Kim, you introduced yourself on the first day even though your role in the process occurred on the very last day. I will never forget your warm introduction. Lisa, we spoke about my Crohn's and you were there on the final day of treatment. Giselle, your bright smile and kindness are not forgotten. Rachel, you listened to me when I had so much to say and really cared...that meant a lot! Also, thank you for taking the time to write the letter I requested. April, you promised me from day one that everything would turn out well and it did! When I needed reassurance, you always provided it with a sweet smile and a few laughs. You've always been available to answer any questions and concerns and it's greatly appreciated. Joan, your caring and gentle approach put me at ease whenever I needed comfort. You always reminded me that I was responding well to the process and I would be okay. I also enjoyed our conversations about what Richmond had to offer.
Dr. Coleman, all of this wouldn't be possible without you! Your expertise in the accelerated detox technique is allowing people like me to no longer be prisoners to an undesirable substance. Your genuine concern and support throughout the process are admirable. I really appreciated the big hug on my last day. It showed that you had faith in me and my recovery. I will never forget my days at the clinic and can never thank all of you enough!!!
Joan Shepherd (NP) was very knowledgeable and helpful during my admittance process and spent plenty of time answering our questions and re-assuring us in the process. Your program was completely successful. I have now regained my strength and have complete clarity of mind. The insomnia is now past history.
Thank you for freeing me from the Suboxone dependency.
Thx Courtney for checking in, my son is doing great!!! I removed his stitches last night, he left his girlfriend, who also had a substance abuse problem, and he moved in with me for now. He has a very clear head. Thank you all so much for giving my son back to me, I missed him so much! I will be sending some pictures for you to share! Coleman group rocks!!!!
PS: We are back at the gym!