SUBOXONE TREATMENT FOR OPIOID WITHDRAWAL
WHAT IS SUBOXONE USED FOR
Suboxone, when used with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Therapy, suppresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids, does not cause euphoria (a “high”) in the opioid-dependent patient, and it blocks the effects of the other (problem) opioids for at least 24 hours. Since buprenorphine does not cause euphoria in patients with opioid addiction, its abuse potential is substantially lower than methadone.
Each dose of Suboxone contains two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine can help reduce or eliminate withdrawals, whereas naloxone limits the ability for people to abuse Suboxone.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone contains a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. While it Suboxone is not used as a pain medication it does block the effects of opioid medication. It should be used under the guidance of a doctor or qualified clinician. There are specific reasons for this. Suboxone, if not taken as prescribed, can become habit forming itself. Thus, it becomes possible to become addicted to both an opioid and the Suboxone that is being used to treat the prior addiction.
Doctors must be notified if the patient has any type of breathing problem, problems urinating, and kidney or liver disease. Patients should also be forthcoming if there is a past history of mental illness, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse. Doctors may recommend inpatient or outpatient treatments. A patient’s health, length of time addicted, and severity of addiction often determines which program will work best.
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HOW SUBOXONE TREATMENT WORKS
A ‘partial opioid agonist’ such as buprenorphine is an opioid that produces less of an effect than a full opioid when it attaches to an opioid receptor in the brain. “Partial opioids” trick the brain into thinking that a full opioid like oxycodone or heroin is attached. The benefit is the suppression of withdrawals, cravings etc. associated with stopping use of “full” opioids, without getting “high”.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Suboxone treatment as part of our MAT therapy is a good fit for those who want to continue leading their daily lives while receiving treatment. Responsibility to family and/or employers can be maintained while receiving treatment.
Our programs can also be an excellent fit when used as post-inpatient treatment program. People who continue on with an Outpatient Treatment program have the best chance for long term recovery.
Treatment does not require participation in a highly-regulated federal program such as a methadone clinic. Success rates, as measured by retention in treatment and one-year sobriety, have been reported as high as 40 to 60 percent in some studies.
SUBOXONE FOR OPIATE WITHDRAWAL – Getting the Help You Need
Addiction can be life challenging for anyone unfortunate enough to be addicted to opioids. An addiction is a disease that affects the brain and behavior. An opioid is a type of medication taken to help relieve pain. Doctors and the medical community most often prescribe opioids to relieve pains from injuries, dental procedures, cancer, surgeries, and other chronic conditions. When used as prescribed by a doctor, opioids are usually safe. It is when patients or others misuse opioids that problems arise.
Most addicts think, at first, that they have control over their addiction. Misusing a drug can bring about a pleasurable sensation that entices the addicted person to keep using. The brain actually changes overtime and the addict develops a powerful urge to keep using their drug.
What is Suboxone Used For
Patients suffering from an opioid addiction and being treated with Suboxone for opiate withdrawal can expect the following:
- An initial comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation. Treatments work best when doctors can determine if there is an underlying mental cause for the addiction. Complete treatment helps prevent relapse.
- Patients can also expect a customized treatment plan to fit their individual needs.
- Assistance in navigating family, regulatory, or legal situations.
- Access to aftercare and support programs that help and encourage patients to remain drug free.
During detox, patients receive the utmost in care. Detox can be one of the most grueling experiences. Once detox is successfully undertaken, patients are ready for counseling and therapy sessions. Cognitive therapy helps patients to make the connect between their thoughts and actions.
Addiction ruins lives. If you or a loved one has an opioid addiction, seek help sooner rather than later. Suboxone treatment works.