If doctors and pharmaceutical companies could find the “all-in-one” cure for addiction, there would be millions of people lining up at the door for this, but there isn’t one. Although researchers have been searching for decades, there just isn’t a magical pill to solve the world’s drug addiction epidemic.
When methadone was released as the method to overcome addiction, doctors really thought they had found the cure until the serious side effects and alternative uses came to light. Methadone is prone to abuse and once abused comes with more serious withdrawal symptoms than heroin or prescription pills.
The abuse was recognized when patients left the clinic with more than a day worth of methadone, but came back the next day for more as they has already ingested the two or three day supply in the matter of 24 hours. This led to the discovery that methadone actually creates a “high” feeling in the user, which is the opposite of what is trying to be achieved.
Since methadone didn’t turn out to be the magical cure for addiction, researchers continued trying to find a cure for addiction. By 2002, the doctors and researchers thought they may have found the new cure for addiction: buprenorphine. With the label claiming to be a synthetic opioid that creates a minimal euphoric or “high” state of mind than heroin, prescription opioids and other illicit drugs containing opioids.
Buprenorphine can be administered by private physicians or in-patient treatment facilities dependent on the medical staff’s licensing. This drug is commonly known at Suboxone or Subutex. When administered, the individual should not feel withdrawal symptoms of their drug of choice (heroin or prescription opiods) and if the person decides to abuse their drug of choice the desired effects of “euphoria” will not occur.
Once usage of buprenorphine spread throughout the United States, the drug quickly gained momentum in the European Union with over 30,000 individuals in France being treated with bupernorphine for addiction to opiods.
Buprenorphine for Addiction Treatment
Originally buprenorphine would be administered by your doctor, who would prescribe you the medication during an appointment, so you could successfully stop using heroin or other opiates without having to suffer through the withdrawal symptoms. Once you have fully withdrawn from the opiates, the doctor would wean you off of the Suboxone or Subutex completely. Unfortunately, this pretty picture of overcoming addiction is not what seems to be happening.
Common Side Effect of Buprenorphine:
- Severe Stomach Pain
- Physical Weakness
Less Common Side Effects:
- Sever allergic reaction
- Blurred Vision
- Decreased Attention Span
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Loss of Coordination
- Loss of Appetite
- Mood Swings
- Shallow Breathing
- Slowed Reactions/Reflexes
- Slurred Speech
- Swelling of Limbs (hands, ankle or feet)
- Yellowing of Eyes or Skin
Besides all of the horrible side effects that come along with taking bupernorphine, a study done in 2010 showed that individuals were treated with bupernorphine and weaned off of the drug within 9 months of ceasing use of heroin or other opiates. Once completed tapered off of the Suboxone or Subutex, nearly every single individual relapsed back to their drug of choice.
That’s a really long time to be substituting one drug for another only to never fully recover from your addiction.
Not only are individuals not recovering from their addiction, many are abusing the bupernorphine by crushing the tablets and injecting the drug intravenously. Others have found ways to inject the dissolvable strips as well or simply ingest more than prescribed in a single dose.
Many addicts describe the feeling from abusing bupernorphine similar to taking morphine or heroin.
While bupernorphine is safer than methadone and illicit opiates, there are still many dying from overdoses of the drug or abusing the drug while in “recovery.”
How Does Narconon Freedom Center Address Addiction Differently?
The Narconon program has been helping individuals overcome addiction naturally for nearly 50 years. With special techniques to ensure the withdrawal process is tolerable, addicts no longer need to feel that withdrawal is the dreadful barrier keeping them from seeking sobriety.
Narconon Freedom Center program addresses each area of the individual’s life and addiction with its unique drug-free program to help ensure a lasting recovery.