Although drug addiction relapse may be common, rarely does it occur without warning. There are usually significant behaviors that can signal that the recovering person is at high risk for relapse. It is critical for anyone in recovery to understand these warning signs.
Suboxone is actually the combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (a pure opioid antagonist). As a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine’s job is to deliver very diminished opioid doses to a patient who is addicted to a stronger opioid. It provides a way for the client to be gradually weaned off their pre-existing addiction, while minimizing the opioid withdrawal symptoms that would come from the process. Naloxone shuts down the opioid receptor, blocking agonists from reaching the receptor and even reversing the effect of opioid agonists already in the individual’s system by intercepting the signals the receptors send to the nervous system.
Drug and alcohol addiction are chronic, progressive diseases that can be interrupted by beginning with detoxification. Detox is the removing of toxins (poisons or harmful things like drugs and alcohol) from the body. Medical detox means that the detoxification process is done under medical supervision. Without medical care, withdrawal symptoms from drug and alcohol addiction can be unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening.
The answer is, as a parent, you may just not know the answer to that question and that’s okay! You may not know what drug(s) your son is taking, in what quantity, through what route of administration and for how long. Even if you believe you do have the knowledge, your son may not be completely forthcoming with you. It is best to have your son complete a drug addiction screen to ensure he receives the most appropriate level of care – whether it be medical detox or drug rehab.
When a client approaches me asking for help for alcohol and drug addiction, a typical set of questions are initially asked. Clients are asked about their drug addiction history, substance abuse treatment history, attempts at sobriety, employment status, and willingness to name a few. As a clinician, it is important to determine the level of care that the client will most likely benefit from given his/her current circumstances. There are times when private medical detox is the most logical course of treatment.