September 11th, 2023
Embarking on a journey to better health and well-being is a courageous step. If you or a loved one is battling buprenorphine addiction, you may feel overwhelmed by uncertainty. That’s where buprenorphine rehab comes in. With a comprehensive approach to treatment, Oasis Runcon can help you overcome your dependency on this highly addictive drug and start laying the foundations for a happier, healthier life.
What is buprenorphine rehab?
Buprenorphine rehab is a programme designed to help people who have developed a prescription drug addiction to buprenorphine. In buprenorphine rehab, you will receive a range of treatments, including medically monitored detox, therapeutic interventions and supportive aftercare. Each of these components has a unique role in your recovery journey; together, they form a comprehensive approach to overcoming addiction.
Challenges you may face in buprenorphine rehab
Buprenorphine rehab is a challenging process, and preparation for potential obstacles is essential. One of the main hurdles is the discomfort associated with buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms. However, with the support of your medical team, these can be effectively managed.
Emotional challenges may also present themselves during therapy sessions when discussing personal issues and confronting negative thought patterns. While these conversations can be uncomfortable, they are a crucial part of the healing process. Remember that you are not alone and that it’s okay to feel vulnerable. You will have the constant support of experienced therapists to guide you through these emotional hurdles.
Self-check quiz: Do I need buprenorphine rehab?
If you’re still unsure whether you need buprenorphine rehab, the following self-check quiz might help. Answer these questions honestly to gain more clarity:
- Do you feel a need to use buprenorphine every day?
- Have you tried but failed to stop using buprenorphine on your own?
- Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit or cut down on buprenorphine?
- Has your buprenorphine use affected your personal relationships, work or school performance?
- Do you spend a significant amount of time obtaining, using or recovering from the effects of buprenorphine?
- Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed because of buprenorphine use?
- Have you found yourself using more buprenorphine to achieve the desired effects?
- Do you continue to use buprenorphine despite experiencing negative effects?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s advisable to seek professional help through buprenorphine rehab.
Physical recovery through buprenorphine detox
Buprenorphine detox is the process of allowing all the buprenorphine to exit your system. This stage is a crucial aspect of opioid rehab, but it can also be challenging due to the potential for buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to more severe, sometimes health-threatening, conditions, so it’s critical never to attempt detox without the supervision of healthcare professionals.
During detox, your medical team may use a strategy known as tapering. This approach involves gradually reducing your dose of buprenorphine to help your body adjust to lower levels of the drug, minimising the severity of buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms and mitigating the physical and mental distress.
Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms
Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms can vary in intensity and duration, depending on several factors like how long you’ve been using the drug, the dosage and your overall health. Although buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, they are temporary and a necessary part of your journey to recovery.
Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological, and they generally start to appear within a few hours to a couple of days after you last take the drug.
Physical symptoms can include:
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Fever and chills
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
- Restlessness and insomnia
Psychological symptoms can include:
- Trouble concentrating
These withdrawal symptoms might sound daunting, but your medical team will be equipped to help you manage them effectively and minimise your discomfort throughout the detox phase.
How long does it take to detox from buprenorphine?
The buprenorphine withdrawal timeline is different for different people. However, here is a general buprenorphine withdrawal timeline to help you understand what to expect:
- 24-72 hours: The initial onset of buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms typically begins within this timeframe. You may experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills and body aches. Restlessness and anxiety are common as well.
- Day 3-5: Buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms generally peak during this period. You may feel intense discomfort from symptoms like nausea, vomiting and muscle aches, while psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and cravings may intensify as well.
- Day 6-14: The physical buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms will start to fade during this period. However, psychological symptoms like depression, anxiety and cravings may persist.
- Weeks 2-4 and beyond: By this stage, most of the physical buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms should have subsided. Nonetheless, you may continue to experience psychological symptoms but remember that these are signs that your brain is still adjusting to the absence of buprenorphine.
This buprenorphine withdrawal timeline is just a rough guide, and your experience might be different. Regardless of the duration, remember that the discomfort you’re experiencing is temporary and a significant step towards your recovery.
Rehab therapies to restore mental health
As you transition from buprenorphine detox into the main part of the rehab programme, you will begin to participate in various therapies designed to support your mental health and aid in your recovery. These therapies are crucial for equipping you with the tools you need to maintain sobriety in the long term.
One commonly used therapeutic approach is dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). DBT helps you identify and challenge negative thought patterns that may have contributed to your buprenorphine reliance and replace them with healthier ways of thinking by combining the successful technique of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Group therapy is another critical component of most buprenorphine rehab. In group therapy, you will have the opportunity to share experiences with others who are on a similar journey. This can reduce feelings of isolation and help you build a network of peers who understand your experiences and can provide support.
Individual counselling provides a safe, confidential space for you to discuss any personal issues that might have contributed to or arisen from your buprenorphine use. Your counsellor can provide valuable insights and coping strategies tailored specifically to your needs.
Holistic therapies that help emotional health
Effective buprenorphine rehab programmes also include holistic therapies to support emotional health and general well-being. These therapies can offer valuable coping mechanisms and complement the work you’re doing in more traditional therapies.
Some commonly used holistic therapies include:
- Yoga and mindfulness: These practices can help reduce stress, increase self-awareness and improve emotional regulation—all vital elements for successful recovery.
- Art and music therapy: Creative outlets can offer a non-verbal way to express emotions and process experiences related to buprenorphine use and dependency.
- Nutrition and fitness programmes: A balanced diet and regular physical activity can boost your mood, reduce anxiety and depression and improve overall health, making it easier to manage cravings and maintain sobriety.
Relapse prevention tips
Buprenorphine rehab doesn’t end the moment you step out of the rehab centre. Another challenge is the fear of life after rehab. Questions like, “Will I be able to stay sober?” or “How will I handle stressful situations without buprenorphine?” are likely to emerge.
Here are some tips to help you stay on the path of recovery:
Follow up with aftercare…
Attending your aftercare programme can provide the support you need to navigate the challenges of everyday life without buprenorphine. Oasis Runcorn will provide you with aftercare for a year, free of charge, to ensure you get this support.
Identify triggers and develop coping strategies…
Understand what triggers your buprenorphine cravings and work with your therapist to develop strategies to manage these triggers.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle…
Regular exercise, a balanced diet and good sleep habits can boost your mood and make it easier to manage stress and resist buprenorphine cravings.
Stay connected with your support network…
Regularly check in with the supportive individuals in your life. This could be friends, family, or peers from your buprenorphine rehab programme.
Engage in activities you enjoy…
Keeping busy with enjoyable, fulfilling activities can help distract from cravings and reinforce the positive aspects of a life free from buprenorphine.
Practise mindfulness and relaxation techniques…
Techniques like meditation, deep breathing and yoga can help you manage stress and reduce the urge to use buprenorphine.
Remember, it’s okay to have bad days, and it’s okay to ask for help. The journey to recovery is not a straight path, but each step, even the challenging ones, takes you closer to a healthier and happier life.
Begin buprenorphine rehab today
If you are ready to put buprenorphine behind you and begin a whole new life, reach out to Oasis Runcorn today. Through our buprenorphine rehab programme, you can break free from the cycle of dependency and build a healthier, happier future.