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Recovering from opiate addiction will simultaneously become the most difficult and most rewarding thing you do in your life. You will need the support of friends, family members, and medical practitioners to make it through. Some people also choose to use Suboxone, a medication that binds to your opiate receptors and alleviates cravings, as a part of their recovery. Others prefer to recover without this medication. Should you use Suboxone as you recover? Your doctor will likely give you their opinion, but you should also consider these pros and cons as you make the decision.
Pro: Suboxone will minimize your withdrawal symptoms.
One of the hardest parts of recovery is going through the physical symptoms of withdrawal. The nausea, bone pain, and agonizing body aches can be overwhelming. Suboxone will keep you from experiencing these symptoms, which will make recovery less physically painful. This can be really helpful at a time when you're also dealing with a lot of psychological symptoms, too.
Con: Suboxone can cause side effects.
Not everyone reacts well to Suboxone. Some people do experience side effects like blurry vision, slurred speech, high blood pressure, and weak breathing. For this reason, you will usually need to be under the observation of a medical team the first couple of times you take Suboxone. Most likely you will be fine — but it is still wise to be aware of these side effects.
Pro: Suboxone is widely available and easily used.
This has become a rather common medication and a part of the standard protocol for recovering from opiate addiction. You should have an easy time getting it from a local pharmacy, and it is typically quite affordable. It's a pill you place under your tongue and allow to dissolve; it does not need to be injected or administered by a healthcare provider.
Con: Suboxone can be hard to wean yourself off of.
The goal is for you to slowly wean yourself off of Suboxone over time. This can be hard for some patients. You may experience some unpleasant feelings, like nausea, when you start to decrease your dose. The symptoms won't be as severe as those of withdrawal, but you'll experience them over time, rather than all at once. Some people would rather withdraw all at once and use no substances as they continue to fight their addiction.
To learn more about Suboxone treatment and whether it is right for you, talk to your doctor or an addiction recovery specialist.