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Will Suboxone Get Me High?

Suboxone, buprenorphine and naloxone, is a drug used in treating opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means, like methadone, it acts on the brain’s opioid receptors. Buprenorphine and methadone, because they are partial opioid agonists, don’t kill pain or cause euphoria to the extent of other opioids but they do prevent cravings and block the effect of other opioids, so that if you take buprenorphine or methadone and then take heroin, you only feel the effect of the former.

Unlike methadone, buprenorphine effects have a ceiling. That is, after you take a certain amount, you will not feel more effects from taking more buprenorphine. Some people say they can feel the effect a little bit, but for most people it’s not really noticeable. This has two major advantages. First, it limits the potential for abuse, which makes it safer to prescribe and easier to get. Second, if you do take too much, there is less risk from death by overdose.

Not only do the effects of buprenorphine have a low ceiling, making large doses pointless, but naloxone is added to Suboxone specifically to prevent people from attempting to get high on buprenorphine. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. If you attempted to dissolve Suboxone and inject it, the naloxone would block the opioid receptors in your brain, preventing the buprenorphine from working at all.

Suboxone is known to be dependency forming. People can become reliant on suboxone for their sobriety from heroin and other opiates, though many argue whether or not being on suboxone constitutes recovery. If you are abusing suboxone or feel as if you have become reliant upon suboxone, you will have to safely taper off the drugs in order to prevent a relapse on a more dangerous substance.

Human dignity has value. When a loved one chooses detox, they should be comfortable and treated with respect. Struggling with addiction is not something punished. Recovery should be supported with empathy and acceptance. Gardens Detox stands out, changing the way the industry approaches detox. Call us today for information on our programs:  (844) 325-9168