Suboxone is prescribed to patients who are struggling with opioid addiction. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone blocks opioid receptors which makes it hard to experience their effects. This stops patients from abusing suboxone or other opioids. Buprenorphine has the same effect as opioids but it is milder. It makes opioid addicts to cope better with their cravings. With the rising numbers of opioid addiction, the drug has proved itself effective even to the extent of being referred to as ‘miracle drug.’ It is 25 to 40 times more effective than morphine. Even though it doesn’t help with the mental and emotional aspects of opioid addiction, it makes it easier to manage the physical aspect. It is, therefore, not a maintenance drug. Short-term use of the drug is a great step towards recovery. However, it has its effects when used long term. Since it alleviates feelings of depression and emotional instability, some patients are tempted to use it for too long and in the wrong dosage. Apart from the fact that they end up numbing their feelings instead of dealing with them, suboxone causes abnormal adaptations to many brain receptors including opioid receptors. If the patient is no longer using other opioids, they can get high off suboxone.
How To Get High Off Suboxone
Suboxone is meant to be a medicinal drug but unfortunately, there are plenty of people who illegally buy it to get high. Because it is legal, most people are under the false impression that it is safe. People that try to get high off suboxone tamper with it and use it in ways and dosages other than the ones prescribed. One of such ways is snorting. By crashing suboxone and snorting it, they are able to feel more intense effects faster. What makes the difference between orally taking a pill and snorting it is the fact that snorting makes the drug reach the bloodstream and the brain faster. It therefore causes a really intense but short high.
Smoking is another way that people use to get high off suboxone. The medication is taken out of the film and smoked. This is mainly used by those who have no dependency on opioids since they are able to feel the effects unlike opioid dependents. They may not be able to get high from smoking suboxone.
Other people liquefy or crush the medication or dissolve it into a solution and inject it directly into their veins or muscles. The high from shooting suboxone is high, intense and it lasts long. People with a tolerance for opioids may not get high from this. In fact, they may end up getting withdrawal symptoms because of the naloxone present in suboxone.
What Happens When You Mix Suboxone And Other Drugs?
Mixing suboxone with other drugs could have adverse effects. When mixed with alcohol, the effects can be very bad. Even fatal. Suboxone binds to the same brain receptors as opioids. Alcohol, on the other hand, affects the chemistry of your brain. By mixing the two, the effects of both drugs are intensified. This has adverse effects on the brain and the respiratory system. It could result to a coma, drowsiness, impaired speech, loss of willpower, loss of consciousness and breathing difficulties. Mixing suboxone and heroine may pose a very high chance of addiction.
When mixed with cocaine, there is a chance to experience; multi-drug addiction, reduced effects of suboxone, restlessness, high blood pressure and even death from cocaine overdose. Cocaine and suboxone have opposite effects since cocaine is a stimulant while suboxone is a depressant. Suboxone masks the effects of cocaine which may encourage the user to increase the amount of cocaine. Because of this, the risk of overdosing on cocaine is very high.
Benzodiazepines, popularly known as Benzos, are a sedative drug prescribed for insomnia, and anxiety. When combined with suboxone which is also a depressant, the effects can be severe. They may cause respiratory failure, impaired judgment, lack of coordination and even death.
If you are on suboxone, it is advisable that you always contact your doctor before taking any drugs or medication. So, why do people abuse suboxone so much? For some, it begins innocently after it has been prescribed to them as treatment for opioid addiction and dependency. Unfortunately, they end up substituting one addiction for another. For others, it is a replacement drug. Since it is legal, people falsely believe that it is safer than opioid drugs. Once a person starts to get used to a certain pleasant sensation, they are likely to make an effort to maintain it by taking the wrong dosage. In this way, an addiction is likely to develop. Just like with other drugs, addiction to suboxone could have serious health and social effects.
Should Suboxone Make You High?
No, suboxone should not make you high. If you notice that you still get cravings or that you get high from suboxone, it is obviously not the right medication for you. Just as with all other medications, it is important to discuss your experiences with your doctor.
The symptoms of overdosing from suboxone are similar to other opioid drugs. They can be experienced by anyone who has taken excessive doses over a long period of time or at one time. The symptoms include; dizziness, blurred vision, lethargy, difficulty in breathing, erratic eye movement, extreme drowsiness and collapsing. Whether the overdose was as a result of snorting or injection in an attempt to get high or honest mistakes such as mixing it with other medication, anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical help immediately. Treating suboxone overdose is complex. It is not advisable to attempt it without professional help. If you or your loved one has started to become dependent on suboxone, call 1-888-892-1840 immediately to get the help you need. With the help of our professional treatment support representatives, you will be able to get the right program to facilitate recovery.
The Dangers Of Abusing Suboxone
The worst danger of abusing suboxone abuse is death. It can also cause dependency and addiction. Dependency means that the body craves for more of suboxone if you attempt to go without it. Addiction is when you actually start to use suboxone in excess amounts even when you do not need to. It can have side effects such as; allergic reactions and problems with the respiratory system. The symptoms of suboxone addiction include; reckless behavior, strong cravings for the drug, spending too much trying to get it, use it, recover from it or hide it, neglecting responsibility, unexplained irritability, using illegal means to get suboxone and taking the substance in larger quantities than you should. Any attempt to quit suboxone ‘cold turkey’ may result to withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of suboxone withdrawal include; nausea, vomiting, chills, sweating, headaches, anxiety, irritability, drug cravings, difficulty in concentration and insomnia. These symptoms usually vary depending on how long one has been abusing suboxone and how much they have been taking. These symptoms go away in a few weeks but the patient may still have psychological dependence.