Energy After Quitting Suboxone®

No Opioids No Energy: Life After Quitting Suboxone®

Recently, the Coleman Network had the honor of treating Benny in a Suboxone® Detox Program

Benny works in IT, has been married for 10 years and has 2 young children. He has also been continuously taking Suboxone® daily, as prescribed by his doctor 8 years ago. Back then, Benny had a pill habit that was quickly turning into a heroin problem. 

Suboxone®, a brand name for a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, was, at the time, the perfect medication to help him end his reliance on opioids and begin a stable recovery. 

Since his initial prescription of Suboxone®, Benny became heavily involved in recovery meetings and built solid meditation practice. He was in a good position to stop taking Suboxone® so he came to the Coleman Network for our Suboxone® detox program. 

Is Suboxone® a Life Sentence?

Yes, Suboxone® can help people stop using opioids; however, buprenorphine itself is a narcotic.  When patients come to Coleman Network for our Suboxone® detox program, the same comments and concerns are voiced time and time again. 

  • When they started Suboxone®, their prescribing doctor did not  discuss when or how they would stop taking it. Their prescribing doctor implied they felt they should stay on it for life. 
  • Their prescribing doctor was reluctant to have the discussion or didn’t seem invested in helping them reduce their reliance on Suboxone®.

On his own, Benny reduced his Suboxone® intake to 3-4 mg but still felt like he was in a constant state of withdrawal. 

Our outpatient accelerated opioid detox facility was exactly what he needed. Within 8 days, Benny was off Suboxone® and onto an opioid blocker called naltrexone.

Energy Without Suboxone® 

As a full-time father, employee, husband, and homeowner, Benny’s plate was full. He didn’t realize how much his body relied on Suboxone® for energy. 

Because his body had been receiving dopamine via Suboxone® for 8 years, he no longer produced dopamine on his own. “Not only was the lack of sleep tough, the lack of energy just about killed me,” Benny said.

After the completion of his Suboxone® Detox Program, I asked Benny about his energy levels. He said  “That’s finally getting better, too. There were a few moments when I wondered if I’d made the right decision to get off the Suboxone® — it is so easy to let life just continue, and not rock the comfortable boat…but I knew I didn’t want to be on this stuff forever, and I knew my recovery was strong.”

Now solidly in recovery, Benny has helpful tips for people who are experiencing the same difficult post-opioid-detox energy slump he did. 

  • Drink lots of water. 
  • Get exercise 
  • Keep a journal. 
  • Try meditation. 
  • Consider vitamins and probiotics.
  • Prioritize sleep.
  • Lean on your recovery community. 

If you feel like your Suboxone® prescription is trading one opioid for another, or are ready to get off all opioids, we can help. Schedule a callback below to speak with one of our care advocates.  

Joan R. Shepherd, NP

Recovery Starts With Finding The Right Detox Option For You.

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