Everyone’s recovery journey is their own, but there are several benefits of taking Suboxone in early recovery. Without it, I don’t think I would be sober today.
If you’re not familiar with Suboxone, it’s a medication prescribed to addicts that are trying to get clean from opiates. It’s most effective when used in conjunction with a complete treatment plan that includes individual and group counseling.
There’s controversy over Suboxone in the recovery community, especially in the 12-step programs. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I don’t actively participate in 12-step meetings. But that’s just me and my journey.
Suboxone has been a life-saver for me and I highly recommend it over the use of Methadone, if you are interested in a medication-assisted treatment program.
Maybe some of you have been able to quit cold-turkey and maintain your sobriety but I know that without Suboxone, I couldn’t have done it. The physical withdrawals and the obsessive thinking did me in every time I tried.
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With the help of Suboxone, I was able to really focus on my recovery and learn new coping skills for dealing with stress.
5 Critical Benefits Of Taking Suboxone That Helped Me In Early Recovery
Recovery isn’t easy for anyone but with Suboxone, it was much easier than it would have been without it.
Here are the main benefits of Suboxone I experienced that helped me in early recovery.
1. Relieves The Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Once hooked on opiates (and it doesn’t take long) your body experiences withdrawal if you don’t keep taking them. There’s nothing fun about opiate withdrawal, which includes symptoms like:
- Body aches
- Restless legs
- Cold sweats
- Stomach cramps
Those symptoms are what kept me using for as long as I did. I had to use to feel well enough to work, or even function.
Suboxone took away those symptoms within hours of my first dose. It was amazing!
Within a week of quitting opiates, I started to feel “normal” physically and my mind was much clearer.
2. Takes Away The Cravings
One of my biggest problems with getting clean cold-turkey was the obsessive thinking.
From the moment I woke up, all I could think about is my drug, also known as cravings. It’s scientifically proven that an addicts brain changes at the very basic level during active addiction. Drugs equal survival, and the cravings can feel worse than the physical withdrawal. At least in my case.
Within a few days of taking Suboxone, my thoughts no longer focused on opiates. In fact, I rarely thought about using, even in the early days of my recovery.
Without the obsessive thinking about opiates, I was able to start thinking about my life again.
Suboxone took away the cravings and gave me the opportunity to focus on my recovery.
3. Blocks The Opiate Receptors
Suboxone blocks the opiate receptors in the brain. That means if you’re on Suboxone, you won’t feel the euphoric feeling if you do decide to use opiates.
This is one of the main benefits of taking Suboxone over Methadone.
This is why, 2 1/2 years later, I am still clean from opiates. To use opiates would be a complete waste of time and money, since I wouldn’t feel it anyway.
At this point in my recovery, I wouldn’t go back anyway, but in early recovery, it was a life-saving tool.
4. Reduced Risk For Abuse
Another benefit of taking Suboxone over Methadone is that there is a reduced risk for abuse. Taking more Suboxone than prescribed does not increase effectiveness or cause a high.
There’s no tolerance factor with Suboxone and therefore, no reason to increase the dose.
5. Minimal Physician Supervision
With Suboxone, I’m only required to see my doctor once a month.
This is a huge benefit to Suboxone as part of a medication-assisted treatment plan. No daily trips to a Methadone clinic.
It is important to ween off of Suboxone as directed by your doctor to avoid withdrawals.
Yes, there are withdrawals if you stop taking Suboxone suddenly but nothing like those from opiate withdrawal.
For me, the benefits of taking Suboxone far outweigh the negative, which can be avoided by following your treatment plan.
Although Suboxone has been a major factor in my recovery plan, it’s not all I do to stay sober.
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In early recovery, I participated in an intensive outpatient treatment program and attended 12-step meetings.
I’ve spent many hours talking to my counselor and have addressed my mental health issues, which include depression, anxiety, PTSD and ADD. Many addicts self-medicate, so be sure to consider that when getting sober.
To this day, I still participate in an outpatient program and group therapy.
Without these other components, Suboxone alone wouldn’t have kept me sober. I’ve had to change almost everything, and staying honest has been key in my recovery.
Let’s face it. The opioid epidemic is taking lives everyday. Suboxone is just one tool that gives addicts a fighting chance.
If you’re considering medication-assisted treatment for getting off of opiates, Suboxone may be right for you. The best way to find out is to find a reputable program in your area and talk to them. Be honest! They can’t help you if you’re not honest.
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Do you have any experience with taking Suboxone? Do you agree with the benefits of taking Suboxone that I listed? I love getting your feedback, so please leave your answers in the comments section below.