What is a Suboxone drug detox?

A Suboxone drug detox offers a way to treat opioid dependence — under a doctor’s care — safely.  People treated with Suboxone are still likely to experience uncomfortable psychological symptoms and other physical detoxification symptoms (increased pulse, elevated blood pressure, decreased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting) based on their opioid use history and unique biochemistry. Based on our approach to safe and progressive outcomes, D’Amore Healthcare suggests patients manage these symptoms in a 24-hour supportive environment, providing residential care and encouragement.  Therefore, the patient recovering from opioid dependence is a risk and should be treated with gracious redundancy to improve outcomes, in terms of mental and physical relief.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is an approved medication that can decrease cravings and relieve some withdrawal symptoms during drug detoxification. Furthermore, it allows individuals to gain control over opiate addictions without the distraction of cravings and fear of withdrawal. Suboxone utilizes FDA-approved Buprenorphine.

What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is the primary ingredient in Suboxone.  Buprenorphine is an opioid partial-agonist and works by occupying the brain’s opioid receptors and blocking them. Clinical trials have proved that it is effective for the following:


  • Suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal
  • Reducing cravings for opioids
  • Reducing illicit opioid use
  • Blocking the effects of other opioids
  • Helping individuals in recovery remain in treatment


Because, Buprenorphine is an opioid and, like all opioids, it can cause physical dependence. As a partial-agonist (as opposed to a full-agonist, such as heroin) the peak level of opioid high is much lower.  Thus, the risk for physical dependence is lower but still serious and requires behavioral supports in a controlled, compassionate environment like D’Amore Healthcare.  Furthermore, Suboxone should be tapered off quickly to reduce the risk for lapse or relapse and to increase engagement in activities of daily living. 

When Suboxone is no longer required to address physical symptoms, there are several methods of support to cultivate and aide healthy replacements in terms of mood, behavior and cognition. D’Amore’s dual diagnosis care applies equine therapy, play therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, dialectical and behavioral therapy, strategic therapy recreational interventions and motivational interviewing to keep patients safe, comfortable and increasing in self-efficacy.  Suboxone is safe temporarily, but dangerous outside of a structured facility like D’Amore Healthcare.


Opioid Drug Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

Also, withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced during opioid drug detox include:

  • Craving for drugs
  • Diarrhea
  • Large pupils
  • Yawning
  • Belly pain
  • Goose pimples (the origin of the phrase “cold turkey”)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Agitation and severe negative moods

The Joint Commission accredited D’Amore Healthcare in January 2017 noting our uniquely compassionate quality of care. Due to, our patient to staff ratio and 24/7 mindfulness of safety and stability.
If you want to take a peek into our daily operations, you will find that D’Amore Healthcare is not just a safe haven for people that want change, it’s a resource of trained helping professionals tuned into best practices and results.

D’Amore Healthcare, a trained interdisciplinary clinical team, works together to determine the best treatment, on a case-by-case basis for every individual.
For any more questions about opioid dependence, treatment, and drug detox options, please contact us today.


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