Suboxone Treatment For Opioid Addiction
Suboxone is helpful in fighting opioid addiction. With medication-assisted treatment (MAT), buprenorphine based medications (Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv) are used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is a breakthrough drug because it can be administered to the patient in the doctor’s office. Patients are also able to maintain normal activities and responsibilities in everyday life.
Suboxone treatment is becoming more popular each day, so let’s learn a little bit about the drug. Suboxone (along with Bunavail and Zubsolv) contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, in a 4 to 1 combination.
More About Buprenorphine
Buprenorphine is known as an “opioid partial agonist”. While buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are affected by opioids, it does not give the high that results from opioid abuse. It helps during withdrawal because it reduces the symptoms and cravings.
What Is Naloxone?
Naloxone works as an opiate antagonist. It fills the opiate receptors in the brain and it won’t let other drugs activate these receptors. Therefore, naloxone fights continued opioid use because if an opioid is taken, the person will get sick and experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
If Suboxone is taken as directed, the small amount of naloxone in Suboxone will have no noticeable effect. The buprenorphine will travel to the brain and a patient will not experience withdrawal symptoms. Conversely, if the patient tries to take Suboxone in the wrong way and injects it, the naloxone will quickly rise and the patient will experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone Is Easy to Use
Doctors can prescribe Suboxone in take home doses. Suboxone should alway be taken as directed by the doctor. Suboxone is easy to use. It can be taken in a sublingual tablet or film form. A tablet is placed under the tongue until dissolved completely, likewise the film is placed inside the cheek or under the tongue and dissolved. The patient can maintain a normal life by going to work or school and also focus on counseling needed to maintain sobriety.
Suboxone Helps Change Lives
Many have found success with Suboxone treatment in contrast to other recovery methods. While the recovery process is different for each patient based on their body chemistry and history of addiction, Suboxone treatment (along with counseling) usually results in a shorter road to recovery than other medications.
Suboxone combined with counseling is changing the lives of those struggling from drug addiction because they are experiencing tremendous long lasting results. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, contact A.M.C. of Columbus or A.M.C. of Nashville. AMC offers medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone, Bunavail and Zubsolv, whichever is best suited for your needs. We also offer one-on-one, group, and family counseling. We provide individualized treatment plans in a caring manner specific to your needs. Call us today, your call is completely confidential.