Suboxone® can be a game-changing resource in helping you or your addicted loved one overcome opioids; but it’s important you get help from a reputable and trusted provider. Call Recovery Unplugged today to discuss your options for Suboxone treatment.
If you’ve battled substance use disorder for any length of time, you know that withdrawal symptoms and persistent cravings are, without question, two of the most difficult elements of the disease. You want desperately to stop using; but the pain and sickness of withdrawal is just too much, and the only thing that feels right or normal is to give in to your cravings. You swear that if you could just a have little bit of relief from these crippling effects, that you’d be able to incrementally curtail your opioid use; medications like Suboxone are meant to help opioid users in precisely this predicament.
Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) is one of the select few medications approved for the long-term treatment of opioid addiction. Administered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, alongside other treatment elements like detox and counseling, Suboxone has helped countless patients successfully manage their opioid addiction and gradually cease their use.
Suboxone is an opioid-based medication, so there is an inherent potential for diversion and abuse; however, there are multiple safeguards in place to restrict access and make the drug more difficult to misuse. Regimens must be closely monitored by an approved doctor or nurse practitioner who must undergo significant training and certification before being approved to prescribe the drug. Current regulations cap the number of patients to whom a single medical professional can simultaneously prescribe Suboxone at 275; however, restrictions apply to this number. The bottom line is that, while Suboxone does carry a certain amount of risk, responsible monitoring of dosage and frequency can drastically decrease these risks.
While each patient’s Suboxone treatment will vary according to their care needs and dependency, process generally consists of three stages:
Phase 1 (Induction) – Patients begin their treatment under the close supervision of their prescribing healthcare provider. First-phase Suboxone patients must be in a state of moderate withdrawal and work with their physicians to determine a dose that is safe and effective for their care needs and physiology.
Phase 2 (Maintenance) – Maintenance begins when patients are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms, side effects or intense cravings. In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all of the elements in your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling.
Phase 3 (Tapering) – The decision to discontinue Suboxone use should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and approved by patients’ treatment provider. It is important that you work with your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Patients should consult their doctor about effects and symptoms before making any changes to their dosage.
Suboxone treatment is generally reserved for patients who have suffered with persistent and unaddressed opioid abuse; have tried other forms of heroin or opioid treatment; or are suffering lingering and intense withdrawal symptoms as a result of their detox.