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It can be difficult both mentally and physically when seeking suboxone treatment for addiction. Your body will need some time to adjust to not being physically dependent on opioids, and it helps to understand how suboxone treatment works and what to expect during your visits. While you should discuss each suboxone treatment plan with your team, the general information provided here can offer an idea of what to anticipate.

What Should I Expect?

Plan to be cautious with your time and perhaps adjust your routine on the first day of treatment, as you don’t know how the medication will work with your body. You may want to take the day off work and not plan to travel or drive. You may feel some discomfort as your body regulates itself to a new medication and begins to relieve you from opioid addiction.

While it may uncomfortable at first, it’s important to stick to your suboxone treatment plan and recognize that this is normal. Be honest with your care team, especially if you have had any prior medical conditions or are taking any other medications, as Suboxone® can interact with some medications.

What You Should Know About Suboxone®

It may seem like a strange approach to treat opioid addiction by prescribing another opioid. This is frequently one of the biggest hesitations patients have about Suboxone®, so we wanted to direct a response to this issue first:

While Suboxone® is an opioid, it does not contain the same chemicals that cause a euphoric or “high” feeling associated with other opioids. However, because Suboxone® is an opioid, your body will recognize specific chemicals in Suboxone® that will stop any cravings or help curb the symptoms related to withdrawal. These are critical first steps to take to help a person recover from an addiction. Eliminating side effects of withdrawing from opioids allows individuals to focus on changing how they think about opioids. Early relapses often occur during therapy because individuals want to escape the physical effects caused by quitting opioids cold turkey.

Each Suboxone® prescription is carefully calculated and monitored for each individual based on their past opiate use, physical stature, and their response to current dosages. It is essential to work closely with a medical team to determine if the dose is correct for you or if some changes in the strength of your medication would provide a better outcome.

Suboxone® is Less Habit-Forming than Other Opioids

An essential fact about Suboxone® is that while it is an opioid, it is less likely to be abused than other medications. Additionally, while Suboxone® is less habit-forming than opioid pain medications or illegal opiates, such as heroin; Suboxone is also less habit-forming than methadone. Methadone is a commonly used medication to treat addiction but has a few critical side effects that make Suboxone® the better choice for our clients at Recovery Connection. One of the most significant issues with methadone is that, per the CDC, methadone overdose caused one out of three overdose deaths in 2012.

Suboxone® was explicitly formulated for opioid addiction treatment and has been widely used since the early 2000s. Suboxone® was specifically designed to avoid additional mental side effects, and most side effects reported concerned physical issues and tended to be milder than other opioid treatment medications.

 

What Is Suboxone and Suboxone Treatment?

Suboxone® is a medication that is effective for those overcoming opioid use. It is a combination of two different medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is considered an opioid medication, which can cause physical addiction when not used in combination with Nalaxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which blocks the ‘high’ effect many individuals get. Typically, Suboxone® is a tablet or a film taken under the tongue (or “sublingually”).

Maintenance & Support

When undergoing Suboxone® treatment, you must have an excellent support system. Counseling is necessary for many individuals while processing many different emotions throughout treatment and recovery. Counseling can help keep you on track without judgment. If you find that certain environments or people make you want to engage in opioid or drug use, try to distance yourself if possible so you can continue to heal. Utilize friends and family for healthy support, and remember that this is a great step but often a difficult one.

Recovery Connection uses Medication Assisted Therapy within a holistic approach to your treatment. This means you will have access to an entire support network throughout your treatment. Every person’s treatment is individualized.

There are Two Different Forms of Suboxone®

Depending on how you prefer to take medications, there may be different options for you. Suboxone® is offered as a pill which is placed on top of the tongue, or as a film to be placed under the tongue (or “sublingually”). Both forms are designed to dissolve in your mouth rather than having to be swallowed whole.

The pill form of Suboxone® is generally more cost-effective than the film. However, many patients prefer the film because it doesn’t necessarily look like a standard medication and feels more discrete. Additionally, many patients who use the film can taper their medication off in smaller and smaller doses than the pill allows. However, altering the dosage of your Suboxone® medication should never be done without your doctor’s oversight.

Suboxone Treatment Does Not Work Alone

While Suboxone® is an excellent tool in helping you win the battle to recovery, it isn’t a standalone method, and using Suboxone® as part of your overall treatment is a critical distinction to make. We believe that no part of your recovery is more important than any other, and that your recovery depends on several factors. At Recovery Connection, we offer our patients treatment approaches to meet their needs. We work diligently to ensure that you get the proper mental therapy to help change your thinking and view as it relates to opioid use. Part of the recovery approach is to match your needs with our professional staff.

Our therapists want to work with you to understand the root causes of your opiate use so that you can identify your triggers and utilize specific tools to help keep you sober. Additionally, your doctor is integral in ensuring that your medication dosages are correct, that you have an appropriate plan to eventually stop using Suboxone®, and that there aren’t any other health conditions that need to be addressed in the meantime.

Recovery Connection sets the gold standard for Suboxone® MAT. We recognize that opioid addiction does not discriminate, as people from all walks of life and all backgrounds suffer from opioid addiction. Many of our clients are respected leaders in their communities and in their professional and personal lives. We understand that the needs of your world won’t stop as you are confronting your addiction. Outpatient medication-assisted therapy can help prioritize your needs to conquer addiction with the demands of your life.

Our Collective Vision

TRUST

We are able to utilize clients information to build a stronger relationship with them, which also helps for better overall healthcare. Learning to trust is an extremely moving and meaningful experience to share with another human being.

COMMITMENT

We go above and beyond working alongside our patients while they go through the recovery process step by step. Clients are experts in their own personal life experiences and goals, let their stories be heard and listen to their needs.

CONNECTION

The connections we make with each and every client are made with our hearts. You are able to connect to the people around you, who become part of your journey.

HONESTY

We take the time to listen to the clients thoughts, concerns, and values. Being able to be truthful about drug use, and past treatment experiences.

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Connection Mission

The mission of Recovery Connection Centers of America is to provide the highest quality medical and behavioral health treatment to those afflicted by substance use disorder within the various communities in which we treat. We will assist our clients suffering from this terrible affliction through the latest advances in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as a complementary, innovative practice to be utilized alongside proven therapeutic modalities.

In order to achieve this goal, we have designed our offices to provide eligible patients comprehensive pharmacologic and behavioral interventions. We assist each client to abstain from illicit substances, improve their mental health and physical wellbeing and reintegrate themselves as productive members in our communities.