Suboxone Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

How It Works and Is It Safe?

As a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist (“opioid blocker”) that counteracts the negative effects that opioids have on the body. Buprenorphine works with the opiate receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. When taken, Suboxone provides individuals with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal, while also eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. By providing individuals with mental clarity, Suboxone allows patients to focus on their recovery without impairment. Extensive clinical research has confirmed that the use of Suboxone is safe and effective when taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program.

The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment

When prescribed and taken under the close supervision of a trained medical professional, the use of Suboxone has been clinically proven to be a safe treatment option for individuals who are trapped in the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction. Individuals who have been prescribed Suboxone report a decrease in the uncomfortable symptoms associated with withdrawal, as well as an elimination of craving additional opioids. Because Suboxone will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that is often associated with the use of opioids, individuals who are prescribed this medication are able to take part in daily activities without interruption. Should a patient attempt to abuse Suboxone, he or she will not achieve the same euphoric high that they typically would while abusing opioids. Numerous studies have confirmed that when Suboxone is incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan, the outcomes are extremely positive. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication based upon your unique treatment requirements.

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment Plus Counseling

Successfully defeating an addiction to opioids can be an extremely large hurdle to overcome. Once an individual becomes addicted to opioids, he or she will experience the symptoms of withdrawal as soon as the use of opioids has ceased. The knowledge that these uncomfortable symptoms will take place is often enough for individuals to continue abusing these dangerous substances. However, when Suboxone is incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan, he or she can avoid experiencing these discomforts in a safe and supportive environment under the supervision of medical professionals. In addition to eliminating the symptoms of withdrawal, Suboxone also successfully prevents patients from craving additional opioids.

While Suboxone can provide patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal, individuals must also obtain treatment from the underlying behavioral and emotional components of their addiction. By taking part in therapeutic interventions, such as individual and group therapy, patients are given the opportunity to address and process the underlying factors that may have contributed to their addiction in the first place. Individual counseling allows patients to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in a safe environment. These sessions also allow patients to address any issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Our counselors, who are specially trained in the field of addiction and recovery, lead group sessions. Group sessions bring patients together in a supportive environment in which to discuss an array of addiction- and recovery-related topics.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Addiction impacts more than just the individual who is physically abusing a substance. Because of this, the loved ones of a patient who is obtaining treatment must also obtain treatment and support of their own. Family and friends of an individual who is struggling with an addiction to opioids should keep the following in mind throughout the course of treatment:

  • Learn about Suboxone, as well as the other treatment options available for your loved one, so that you are able to gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process.
  • Encourage your loved one to attend any appointments that he or she may have to obtain his or her medication and therapy.
  • Demonstrate your support by asking your loved one how his or her therapy is going, how his or her medication is affecting him or her, etc.
  • Applaud your loved one on all successes, both big and small.
  • Remind yourself that the road to lasting recovery is long and can be full of bumps along the way. Remain hopeful in your loved one’s ability to overcome these challenges and share your optimism with him or her throughout the recovery process.
  • Seek treatment and support for yourself.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Making the decision to obtain treatment through Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a brave first step towards lasting recovery. By playing an active role in your treatment you will be given the support and tools necessary to achieve long-term recovery. Patients are urged to keep the following in mind as they navigate through the therapeutic process:

  • Follow all directions given to you by your treatment provider in regards to the treatment process.
  • Show up for all appointments to receive your Suboxone.
  • Adhere to all guidelines that are suggested throughout treatment, such as refraining from the use of alcohol while taking Suboxone.
  • Play an active role in group therapy in order to obtain the most out of the therapeutic experience.
  • Consistently remain open and honest with your counselor during individual therapy sessions. Your counselor is there to help you progress in treatment, not to hinder your growth.
  • Openly voice any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Adjustments to your medication and dosage can take place should the need arise.
  • Refrain from using opioids while taking Suboxone

The Side Effects of Suboxone

Like most medications, side effects can take place while taking Suboxone. Patients who have been prescribed Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program have reported the following side effects:

  • Attention disturbances
  • Weakness
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Generalized pain
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Painful tongue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Numb mouth
  • Chills
  • Blurred vision
  • Infections
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Coordination problems
  • Back and abdominal pain
  • Fainting

Patients are urged to openly communicate any side effects that take place during the course of treatment so that adjustments to dosages can be made if it is necessary.

The compassionate team of professionals at Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care as they navigate the process of recovery. If you or someone you love is addicted to opioids and would benefit from the treatment options that we provide, please contact us today.

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