Subuxone treatment and Cocaine use

Subuxone treatment and Cocaine use
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A 24 year old recently passed away in Tampa Fl after using Subuxone and Cocaine. He was on Subuxone treatment but still used cocaine. Buying cocaine online has become as easy as buying pizza. Withe the Darknet marketplace and Silkroad, anyone with a credit card or some Bitcoins can mail order cocaine no questions asked.

Once someone goes into buprenorphine or Suboxone treatment, cocaine added to the recipe is a surefire guarantee of disaster. It’s vital for anybody in medication assisted treatment to abstain from other narcotic or non-narcotic drugs as well as alcohol. Whether they’re using methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone (Vivitrol), those are all drugs that should not be mixed with other drugs.

Here are the reasons to avoid mixing treatment with buprenorphine or Suboxone with cocaine:

1. Cocaine is highly addictive. People who have already identified themselves as addicts should know that they are at extreme risk of giving in to other addictions. If that drug is cocaine on top of Suboxone treatment, the person is soon going to need treatment for cocaine addiction.

2. Another reason why the combination of buprenorphine or Suboxone treatment and cocaine is so dangerous rests with the nature of the buprenorphine. It does not get the person high if it’s abused. The buprenorphine is only a partial opiate agonist, and so there is a low ceiling to any euphoric effects the person might hope to experience. In fact, they might feel no euphoria at all; they mistake the relief from cravings that they experience as that euphoria they think they’re having. In addition, if the person takes buprenorphine in the form of Suboxone rather than Subutex or generic buprenorphine, they will also find themselves unable to get high if they do take any opiates. There is then the risk of taking more opiates to the point of overdosing. Suboxone contains naloxone, which blocks other opiates from accessing the brain’s receptors. So, the person who combines Suboxone treatment with cocaine can expect to feel good, but it won’t be the high they’re expecting.

3. There is also evidence that combining Suboxone treatment and cocaine abuse can reduce the buprenorphine’s effectiveness. Research looked at people on buprenorphine treatment while the person simultaneously abused cocaine over a period of 70 days. The body’s retention of buprenorphine dipped to only 50 percent. The participants in that study also demonstrated low motivations to stay clean. Without working their recovery, they just put their opiate addiction on the back burner and welcomed a completely new monkey to jump on their backs.

If you were speed-balling while you were using opiates—which is a combination of heroin with a stimulant, such as cocaine—you’re especially vulnerable to it now, taking your Suboxone and cocaine together. You’re wrong to think you’ll get the same high, and that is just another aspect of the extreme risk you’re taking. You certainly won’t feel the lethargy that would come from taking your old opiate drug of choice. You will only experience the stimulation from the cocaine. At a time when you need all the rest and focus that you can muster, it’s just bad for your health, bad for your recovery, and bad for you. You could even bring on a stroke or heart attack. You’ll underestimate your body’s ability to handle the cocaine and you’ll overdose. You’ll roll those dice, and they’ll come up snake eyes. Game over.

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