Detoxification is the first step to getting healthy. It is vitally important to get all harmful chemicals completely out of your system so you can feel what sobriety feels like again.
Withdrawal from opiates, as you may have heard, is highly uncomfortable for a series of days and is difficult to do without assistance. Opiate addiction is challenging to treat because the first symptoms of withdrawal alone are enough to make you want to use again, so by the peak of symptoms, you are ready to use any opiate you can get your hands on.
Being medically monitored during withdrawal can make things easier. A detox treatment team will assess you and if there is a medication that can help, and is appropriate for you, it will be administered and can serve as a crutch while you detox.
Suboxone is one of those medications, and may be right for you.
Suboxone detox, what you need to know to make that decision for yourself:
Suboxone is a combination of: Buprenorphine, a powerful narcotic similar to morphine and heroin, and Naloxone, which is added to reverse the potential effects of opiates. In the case of a relapse, the opiate user could not overdose. It comes in pill form, and works by dissolving under the tongue in about 10 minutes.
So, are you okay with taking one drug to help stop other drugs? Do you feel you are not truly sober if you are still taking an opiate of any kind?
The thing about Suboxone detox though is that the pharmacology of the drug makes it safe. You are not getting high, but it is stimulating the same receptors in the brain that heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and other opiates were stimulating.
If you are willing to do whatever it takes to get clean, find a detox facility and see if Suboxone detox is right for you.