What Is Suboxone Treatment ?
Suboxone treatment is another opioid addiction treatment. It is very similar to methadone maintenance treatment. Truly opioid addicted patients have a very difficult time getting and staying off opioids such as oxycontin, heroin, vicodin, and other narcotics. For those who are able to get off for a few days or a few weeks, most end up relapsing. This is where suboxone treatment enters the picture.
When a person is undergoing suboxone treatment, they are able to go to their doctor and get the medication suboxone, which will stop the opioid withdrawals. See, suboxone, is another narcotic. Taking suboxone will stop the withdrawals and cravings from other narcotics. The downside for many is that you have to keep taking the suboxone. Also, getting off suboxone will cause opioid withdrawals too. However, when done under medical supervision, the withdrawal symptoms can be treated and the getting off narcotic has a better chance of success.
Why Suboxone Treatment ? Why Not Just Quit Cold Turkey
Getting on and staying on a narcotic such as methadone or suboxone works better than quitting cold turkey. When placed on suboxone treatment, the person is not having to worry about getting caught by the police or having to think about where there next “high’ is coming from. Since they are not craving narcotics, they are able to concentrate their energy on fixing other areas of their lives.
Opioid dependence causes problems in many areas of patient’s lives. They frequently are in trouble with the law. Work may not be going well and their family usually knows there is a problem. Spending so much time and money looking for drugs causes these problems. When on opioids, many are impaired and are unable to concentrate driving, parenting their children, or functioning at work. Many come in to suboxone treatment because of these problems.
How Easy is Suboxone Treatment ?
Suboxone treatment is much easier and more convenient than methadone maintenance treatment. The evaluation is usually done in a private doctor’s office. Getting stabilized on suboxone only takes a few days. After a patient is stable on the suboxone, they usually visit their physician once per month. With methadone treatment, patients have to go to the methadone clinic several times per week, if not daily.
Suboxone treatment is more private than methadone maintenance. Patients are encouraged to seek a substance abuse therapist who can help them through the problems in their life. They can choose the therapist of their choice. Suboxone is taken under the tongue and most patients don’t have problems with the medication. The schedule to see your suboxone clinic doctor is easier with this mediation than with methadone clinics.
If you have an opioid addiction, you should ask your doctor about suboxone. The generic name for this medication is buprenorphine. There is hope for breaking the addiction of opioids. Suboxone is used for long-term treament (preferred). Some patients use suboxone treatment as a way to detox off opioids.
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Dr. Rich Senyszyn is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with licenses in Texas and Hawaii. He specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction with buprenorphine and runs a FREE locator service to find Oxycontin Help including Suboxone treatment of oxycontin addiction. Suboxone Treatment Center in your area.
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