Suboxone Detox

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.


June 2009

I completed the accelerated opiate detox program at the Coleman Institute three weeks ago after a long battle with Suboxone. I felt compelled to write to share my story because there are increasing numbers of people looking for a way to break the bonds from Suboxone and there is not a whole lot of information available. My experience with the Coleman Institute was awesome. The Staff are tops and I felt that the focus of the detox program was not only to help me break my bond with Suboxone, but to do so in the most humane and comfortable way possible. The daily appointments were not inconvenient, the objective was to clean the receptors more each day. On the Summit day, I was kept comfortable through the entire process and slept through most of it, the entire process, including placement of the Naltrexone implant, was done before I knew it. I have been free of Suboxone now for 3 weeks, there is still work on my part that needs to be done, but I cannot tell you how good it feels to not depend on that little orange pill each morning and to know that I can go through life and feel good physically and mentally about myself. Thank you,

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