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Detoxification from Suboxone and Opiates

What is Suboxone?

The drug Suboxone is used to aid opiate addiction withdrawals. Suboxone contains a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opiod medication with similar effects to other opiods such as heroin and morphine. However, it produces a less euphoric high making it easier to withdrawal and stop using. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids. When injected, naloxone will cancel the opioid withdrawal effects of buprenorphine. When administered under the tongue, naloxone will not affect the actions of buprenorphine. Therefore, Suboxone is used to treat addiction and withdrawal symptoms from opiates.

Adverse Effects

Although Subuxone is proven to help withdrawal symptoms during an opiate detox, it can be extremely dangerous when not monitored by a medical professional. When injected with a tranquilizer, people can die from a Suboxone overdose. Suboxone can also result in drug dependence. Subuxone is not for occasional use. When a person abruptly stops taking the drug, dangerous withdrawal symptoms may occur. Therefore, doctors taper their patients off the drug. Suboxone may also increase the effects of other drugs in your system. Drugs such as antidepressants, alcohol, and sedatives may cause increased drowsiness when taking Suboxone. Patients must consult with a doctor before they take the drug.

Before Taking Suboxone

Before you start taking Suboxone as a means to help detox from opiates you should tell your doctor if you have…

  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Lung problems
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Alcoholism
  • Sever mental health problems
  • A head injury or brain problem

Opiate Detox

The practice of using Suboxone to aid opiate withdrawal symptoms is increasing rapid. Switching to Suboxone from a short-acting opiate such as heroin is not too difficult for addicts. The longer a patient endures opiate withdrawal before switching to Suboxone, little further acute symptoms are an issue. Doctors stabilize patients on a proper dose of Suboxone until they are eased off the medication. Opiate detox can be very painful and dangerous. Suboxone is a way many addicts make it through withdrawals.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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