Suboxone Detox for Opiate Addiction

Suboxone Detox for Opiate Addiction

Recently, the U.S. government made some rule changes that allow doctors more freedom when treating those who are addicted to heroin or opioids with buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a drug that is also commonly known as Suboxone. Suboxone is an opioid that is used to ease withdrawal symptoms and doesn’t give a high or issue debilitating effects.

Prior to the new rules, certified suboxone physicians were only allowed to treat 100 patients per year. That number has been increased to 275 patients. It is estimated that as a result, 70,000 more patients will have access to suboxone and rehab.

Under the old system, rehab specialists actually had to turn people away for no reason other than the fact that they weren’t allowed to treat more than 100 people per year.

Opioid Addiction Often Starts With a Prescription

Often these addictions are not developed at a party or through heroin dealers. A lot of people become addicted from a legal prescription to deal with an injury. When a person takes painkillers over a long period of time, they build up a tolerance and need more just to feel any effect. Worse, it actually increases the sensation of pain.

When a person tries to quit cold turkey, it can be painful and very difficult. They have intense nausea, lose their sense of taste and their pain becomes severe and persistent.


Addiction is a complex issue and rehab can be a long, involved process. One of the things that seems to be prevalent is negative enabling. People end up allowing an addict to stay in their home and even pay for their food. Couples especially struggle with this. Few couples survive when one or both members become addicts.

It is said that most of the time, addicts will not go to a rehab center or a suboxone detox doctor until it is demonstrated that their behavior has consequences. Enabling comes from a good place. Loved ones don’t want to put the addict out on the street or end up in jail. The ugly truth is that the addict is still in danger. If an addict has money, they will do more drugs and their tolerance will increase. This usually leads to the pursuit of stronger opiates like heroin, which in turn increases the likelihood of an overdose. There comes a point where no amount of money is enough. The heroin addict often ends up stealing from the very people who are trying to help them.

It is usually necessary to get support from qualified professionals and drug treatment using suboxone or subutex. This includes therapists and support groups. Addicts are very volatile and a professional can offer insight on how to handle them.

There Are No Old Opioid Addicts

Opiates like heroin are lethal. There are very few heroin addicts who still use at the age of 40 or 50. If they don’t get sober, they will have a short life.

When an addict is ready to become sober, they often start in a drug detox center. Doctors will perform a number of tests and they will administer a detox drug like suboxone to curb withdrawal. Methadone is a detox drug only used in certain settings. It is more common to see suboxone and subutex used for detox. The patient will be slowly weaned off of these drugs during detox over a period of about a week.

Once detox is over, the patient is sent to a drug rehab program. In rehab they will learn skills to cope and prevent a relapse.

Some patients end up with mental health issues. They are enrolled in what is called dual diagnosis treatment.

The entire process takes about two months. Opioid addiction is notoriously difficult to break and most patients relapse at least once. The sooner an addict begins the process, the sooner they can get better and lead a happy life.


Heroin rehab for uninsured addicts

Heroin Rehab Needed For Under Insured Addicts
Choosing to go to rehab to get treatment for addiction to heroin or other opiates is an important step for an addict to take to begin their healing process. Unfortunately, many people who have signed up for Obamacare have found that their new insurance isn’t allowing them to get the proper treatment they need. In this article, we’ll examine what has caused insurance companies to deny these people the treatment they need.

Obamacare and Addiction Treatment

When Obamacare was instituted, healthcare providers promised that there would be drug rehab options available for addicts, even for those in the early stages of using heroin and other opiates. According to this article from Behavioral Health of Palm Beach, this is more related to individual insurance companies than Obamacare as a whole.

However, in this article from CNN, rehab facilities themselves are responsible, because they have consistently cheated insurance companies, charging more for services than they should.

Whatever the reason, it’s leaving many people dealing with heroin addiction with improper treatment and detox resources.

Rehab and Detox for Heroin Addicts

Heroin addicts require a special level of treatment, both because of the nature of their addiction, as well as the fact that their bodies have lost their natural ability to fight pain. For these addicts to have a fighting chance at recovery, they require specialized knowledge from high-quality facilities. Is the recent inability of Obamacare’s insurance providers just a hiccup that will be figured out eventually, or will this lack of adequate rehab continue to fail addicts?

The time has come to prioritize heroin detox facility and treatment for opiate addiction. There are many reasons for this, but one of the foremost is that there have been many more patients seeking addiction treatment in recent years, especially among young people who are addicted to opiates like Oxycontin. To properly treat these people, the facilities need a large amount of resources that quite simply, insurance providers are not providing under Obamacare.

Methadone clinics and other drug rehabilitation centers have felt the pinch in recent years, because many patients are under-insured for the level of treatment they need. While this varies from addict to addict, drug rehabilitation is expensive, and no insurance companies operate on an unlimited budget.

Moving Forward

The healthcare system, even after Obamacare, has failed many uninsured and under-insured addicts, preventing them from rehabilitation and opportunities to detox. However, there are many resources available for addicts to get financial assistance for the treatment and detox resources they need.


One Day at a Time

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One Day at a Time

Life in recovery from addiction is often lived one minute at a time. The goal of Sober Living rehab facilities is to help people recovering from addictions grow beyond the minute to minute living and learn to live life one day at a time. Struggling from minute to minute, fighting the call of our addiction, can be the trigger that sends us right back into the addiction. That is why the staff at Sober Living halfway houses offers counseling, group therapy, and supportive programs.

The Journey Back from Addiction

In our addiction we avoid dealing with our core issues. In recovery, we are guided to heal these core issues:


When we were little and our reality was denied or our parents failed us, we learned not to trust others. When we could not understand why God had let these painful things happen to us, we learned to distrust God. In the Sober Living programs we learn to trust ourselves, and we learn to trust in a power greater than ourselves that some of us call God.


Fear is a core issue that we medicated with our addictions. When we get clean and sober, we have to come face to face with fear and learn to deal with it. In our sobriety we learn that fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear of Authority Figures

When we give up our power to others, we place ourselves at their mercy, and we learn to fear what they will do to us. In recovery at Sober Living rehab, we learn to take back our power by owning our feelings and stating them in a healthy manner.


As children, when the adults in our lives are out of control, we learn early on to begin controlling whatever we can control, including other people. The programs at the halfway house teach us that control is an illusion and that we need to let go and let the God of our understanding be in charge of our lives.


We learned when we were young to feel bad about who we are. Shame is feeling bad about who we are, and guilt is feeling bad about what we do. In unhealthy family systems, children are shamed for many things:

-The baby who is told that he is a “bad boy” for performing a natural bodily function in his diaper -The little girl who is told that she is “silly” for being afraid of the dark -The little boys and girls who are called “stupid, crazy, little terrors, terrible twos, dumb, or ignorant.”

In the sober community living, we learn that we are worthwhile individuals despite our behavior, and that we can learn to modify our behavior.


Most of us have so much toxic anger we have stored up and carried around with us for years that we have a tough time dealing with anger in the moment. When something or someone engenders our anger, we either turn it inward (depression or suicidal ideology) or outward, letting the toxic stored anger dump all over people. Sober living means we access and process our toxic anger and learn healthy anger management tools in the programs offered by the Sober Living halfway houses.


If we were emotionally or physically abandoned as children, we learned to fear the loss of people for whom we cared. This leads us to cling to things, activities, and people who are unhealthy for us. Sobriety means letting go of unhealthy things and people. As we learn healthy tools for living at the Sober Living halfway houses, we learn to live life one day at a time. We work and play side by side with others who are learning and growing also.

4 Reasons to Consider a Halfway House

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4 Reasons to Consider a Halfway House

Going through an addiction recovery program can be a long, difficult process. When you successfully complete your program, you’ll be sorely missing the things you lacked while in treatment; freedom, friends, and independence. But how do you balance your need for personal freedom with an on-going need for support, now that intensive treatment is over? How do you get back to your daily life once you’ve been through such an intense experience, and how can you easily transition from being in a controlled environment one day, to home the next? If you’re looking for a safe, fun, and enjoyable environment to ease your integration back into everyday life, a halfway house might be for you.

Support From Those That Understand

A halfway house can be a very important aspect of your journey to sober living. In fact, many find it to be an exciting, affirming step! Why? Because it is transitioning (slowly but surely) back into normal life, drug and alcohol free. In this transitional living community you are surrounded by others, just like you, who understand your struggles, and can share their life experiences with you. Here, you are able to support one another and help each other stay away from the outside temptations of drugs, alcohol, or a bad crowd who might encourage you to relapse. This is very important for living sober and successfully getting back on your feet, especially during such a crucial time in your recovery.

The Taste of Freedom

A recovery house also gives you more freedom than you would have in a treatment facility! Rather than being stuck inside all day with a bunch of doctors telling you what to do and when to do it, you have the freedom of coming and going as you please. A big part of recovery is regaining the trust and respect of the people in your life – while residing here, we extend that trust to you, while still supporting you through programs such as the Intensive Outpatient Program. After all that time in a controlled environment, living in a house rather than a hospital is a welcome change.

Growing Stronger Through the Right Choices

An IOP house will test you. With more freedom than an inpatient facility, it is important to make the right choices. Returning to the house at or before curfew, doing your chores, and being strict about your recovery process are all great ways to show the people in your life that you are committed to recovery. A halfway house will test your determination, and it may sometimes be tough to make the right calls. But, with a house full of people supporting you and cheering you on, your chances of successfully completing the program greatly increase.

Easing Back into Daily Life

Easing back into normal life is the key in increasing your odds of successfully completing the program. While you are slowly getting back into the flow of day-to-day life and finding new employment, you are also rebuilding your confidence. By living in this safe setting and making the right choices, you are grabbing the bull by the horns, tackling your demons, and taking your life back.

Why Not?

With all this in mind, it’s hard to argue against the idea of a recovery house. It’s a great way to regain independence without being thrown back into the chaos and instability of your former life. In our residential homes, you’ll learn skills and techniques to succeed in your recovery even when you return to your life in the outside world. There’s a lot to gain from taking up this residency, so be sure to give this program serious consideration while going through treatment. Food for thought in considering a halfway house provided by Sober Living Florida.