Suboxone Treatment For Opioid Addiction
Suboxone has been found to be very useful in fighting opioid addiction. The use of Suboxone is becoming one of the most common ways to treat opioid addiction. With medication-assisted treatment (MAT), buprenorphine based medications (Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv) are used to reduce or eliminate the severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings of opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is a breakthrough drug because it can be administered to the patient in the doctor’s office. Patients are able to maintain normal activities and responsibilities in everyday life. Opioid addiction treatments should rely on short-term administering of Suboxone to deal with the initial effects of opioid withdrawal under the guidance of a medical professional. The patient should also be in counseling and behavioral therapy as it is crucial to the success of the patient’s recovery.
With Suboxone’s ability to help lessen the effects of opioid withdrawal and the severe cravings, Suboxone treatment is becoming more popular each day. Let’s learn a little bit about the drug itself. 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”. Simply put, buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are affected by pain prescriptions and heroin, but buprenorphine does not give the high that results from opioid abuse. It helps during withdrawal because it eliminates or significantly reduces the symptoms.
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 acts as a deterrent to continued opioid use because if an opioid is taken, the person will get sick and experience severe withdrawal symptoms.
If you take Suboxone 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
Due to the reduced abuse of Suboxone because of the Naloxone, doctors have greater freedom to prescribe Suboxone in take home doses. Unlike other medications, Suboxone is easy to use. Suboxone can be taken in a sublingual tablet form that is placed under the tongue and then allowed to dissolve completely or in the form of a sublingual film that is placed inside the cheek or under the tongue and dissolved over a 10-minute time period. The dosage of Suboxone will be determined by the physician and should be adhered to at all times. The patient will be able to maintain a normal life by going to work or school and also focus on the counseling and support needed to maintain their sobriety. 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 Helps Change Lives
Many have found success with Suboxone treatment who have tried other methods to fight their addiction and haven’t been able to recover. Suboxone combined with counseling is changing the lives of those struggling from drug addiction. Each day many who are in Medical Assisted Treatment with Suboxone 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.