If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to narcotic painkillers, then you have probably heard of suboxone. It’s a substance designed to help wean you off opiates with a replacement that provides your brain with a chemically similar effect. There’s no high and the side effects and overdose risk are both much lower, so it’s a safe alternative while you work to lower your dependence.
However, suboxone alone is not enough to get you out of addiction. There are several reasons for this, and in this post we will describe the importance of using a rehab program to support your recovery journey. It should be a major element in your system of tools and resources.
What Is Comorbidity?
Comorbidity is a medical term that refers to when one medical condition often appears as the result of another. There are many comorbid mental concerns that can arise with addiction to opiates. The stressful experience of addiction, especially if it happens at the same time as poverty, trauma, abuse, homelessness, and other events can result in a variety of emotional and mental changes. These can manifest as depression, anxiety, paranoia, personality disorders, difficulty setting boundaries, and others. All of these things can make addiction harder to overcome and cause you even more stress.
Sometimes, people have untreated mental illness before they start using. Then the addiction and the drug’s effects mask and complicate the symptoms of the original illness. This is not exactly the same thing as comorbidity, but it still interferes with your ability to succeed and thrive while recovering.
Treating addiction is nearly impossible without also identifying and treating the other mental health concerns that you might have. Suboxone can help with the dependence and the cravings for opiates, but it can’t help you treat mental health. It is purely chemical. Different mental health conditions can require very different forms of treatment and styles of therapy, and you might not even know about them until you start meeting with a therapist.
Addressing all of that requires therapy and potentially medical interventions as well. That means suboxone is not the only thing that can help you with addiction- it is one part of a whole system that is designed to help and support you. A rehab program can be the central point for all of these services. It provides the structure of your recovery journey and can connect you to a wide array of resources, tools, and other programs. Suboxone is an important step, but it is not the only one.
Rehab’s Special Role In Treating Suboxone Addiction
Rehab programs can be very different from one another. You have the opportunity to find ones that fit your needs based on, for example, whether or not you practice a religious tradition and whether or not you want to try a step-based structure. This is important because a relationship with a rehab program could become one of the most meaningful relationships in your life.
Some rehab programs are inpatient, where you stay and live at the facility for a short period of time. These are designed for emergency situations or brief, intense interventions. They tend to include both a medical and a therapy component. The medical component will likely entail some detox through withdrawal as well as suboxone or possibly methadone. Therapy may be individual therapy, group therapy, or both, and the therapy itself can follow many different techniques and approaches.
Outpatient rehab is long term. You come to a facility daily or weekly to participate in therapy and receive medical treatment. Outpatient rehab can function as a way to find out about many other key resources as well. For example, if you need help finding housing, the program can guide you through the process of applying for public housing through the city government. The social workers and other staff members will be able to match your needs to government and public resources.
That is something that suboxone cannot do. Treating addiction is more than just dealing with the desire to use. It also means removing the stressors that can cause you to want to use in the first place. This idea is very similar to that of comorbid mental health concerns, but it deals with the conditions of your daily life. Overcoming addiction is difficult, and it is even more difficult when you have an unstable living situation at the same time. That instability can come from housing, employment, relationships, family, income, or any combination of these.
Rehab programs don’t stop at suboxone, even though that is a major part of what they do. Their goal is to guide you out of addiction using whatever resources you need. To that end, trying to break free of addiction with just suboxone means there are other means of support available to you and that would benefit you.
Everyone has a different experience both with drug use and with recovery. But one thing is clear- your odds in recovery are much better when you can address all of your needs at once. Rehab is the ideal way to do that because it lets you get access to support for everything. The philosophy is to treat the whole person, not just addiction.
If you or someone you know is dealing with an addiction, then call (866) 840-6411 for help and support. Recovery is a long journey, but rehab accelerates the process and makes it easier. Suboxone is an excellent tool, but it is only one part of treatment. There is much more that goes into treating addiction than just managing the symptoms of dependence. A good rehab program will address all of these concerns and you should take full advantage of the opportunity to obtain that support. Our specialists are standing by to help you and get you started in a rehab program that matches your needs and your goals for your recovery journey.