Opioid addiction, also called opioid use disorder, is a long-term disease that makes people want to use opioids a lot. When people try to stop using opioids and are overwhelmed by withdrawal symptoms, they know they are physically dependent on them.
Opioids include painkillers like codeine, morphine, Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, and Demerol, as well as heroin and fentanyl that people buy on the street. Abusing these drugs, which are very addictive, can cause a lot of health, social, and financial trouble. People who are hooked on opioids put their drug use ahead of everything else in their lives.
When taken as directed, drugs for substance use disorders that have been approved by the FDA are safe and effective. Opioid use disorder is treated with a drug called Suboxone®, which is a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone® clinics give out this drug along with counseling and behavioral therapy to help people stop being addicted to opioids and avoid relapse. Not sure if you should go to a Suboxone® clinic? Read more below for more information on these clinics.
What is a Suboxone® Clinic?
Medication-assisted treatment or MAT centers are where people go to get help by using drugs like Suboxone®. These outpatient rehab centers treat opioid addiction with both behavioral therapy and prescription drugs and to keep people from going back to using drugs, doctors prescribe buprenorphine-based drugs like Suboxone® and Sublocade®. The combination of behavioral therapy and medication helps people get back to a healthy way of life.
How Does Suboxone® Treatment Work?
When someone takes pain pills or heroin, the drug attaches to receptors in the brain. When all of the receptors are “occupied” by opioids, the brain doesn’t feel as much pain. Only part of the same receptors are filled by Suboxone® and other buprenorphine products. Patients don’t get the same high from buprenorphine as they would from painkillers or illegal drugs, but it does satisfy the receptors enough to stop cravings and stop withdrawal symptoms.
For Suboxone® treatment, you take a dose of Suboxone® every day instead of pain pills or opioids you get on the street. Behavior therapy is also an important part of treatment with Suboxone®, where counselors are assigned to people based on their needs, and they work with them to deal with the emotional problems that lead to addiction.
The medication follows four steps:
- Initial Introduction – During induction, a doctor or nurse at a Suboxone® clinic will keep an eye on your withdrawal symptoms and may give you buprenorphine or naloxone to help. Your doctor will also do a full review of your medical history and give you a physical exam to help figure out the right dose of Suboxone® to give you
- Stabilization Phase – Once the right dose has been found, the stabilization phase can begin. During this stage, your doctor will pay more attention to the root cause of your addiction and less to the physical signs. You will also have to start counseling and take advantage of other helpful services. During this phase, many people stop getting opioids from the street.
- Maintenance Phase – If you can keep up with the recommended treatment, you move on to the maintenance phase, where you keep taking the dose of Suboxone® that your doctor gave you. You will slowly but steadily get back to your old way of life. With the right kind of help, you’ll be free of addiction in no time.
- Elimination Phase – If everything goes as planned, you will move on to the next phase. During this phase, you and your doctor will work together to lower the amount of Suboxone® you need to take until you no longer need it. This phase can take up to two years to reach. Once you have slowly stopped taking the medicine, your treatment is over and you can go back to your normal life.
Is a Suboxone® Clinic Right for You?
People who are addicted to opioids can get help from Suboxone® and other buprenorphine medications. These treatments are very effective. If you have been told you have opioid use disorder, you are probably a good candidate for treatment.
Suboxone® treatment replaces pain pills or illegal opioids with a drug that is prescribed by a doctor and partially fills the opioid receptors in your brain. Because it doesn’t completely fill the receptors, people don’t keep getting used to it. This is a big difference between oxycodone and methadone. Once a person is stable on their medication, they can start to put their lives back together.
If You Have Experienced an Overdose, a Suboxone® Clinic Could Be Right for You
An opioid overdose from illegal use can be scary for you and the people you care about. It is believed that people who have already had an overdose are more likely to have another one and the best proof of the possibility of stopping a future overdose is the use of drugs like Suboxone®, which can block the bad effects of using illegal opioids.
The sooner you get help, the more likely it is that you can avoid many of the bad things that can happen when you are addicted to opioids, such as another overdose, which can be fatal. You can also avoid heart and skin infections, hepatitis or HIV, and a lot of the “social” problems that can come with addiction, such as problems with relationships and jobs.
Start Your Road to Opioid Addiction Recovery
Whether you want to get your kids back, get your dream job, buy a house or car, or just live a happy life. With the help of Medication-Assisted Therapy (MAT) and Behavioral Counseling Therapy, Recovery Connection can help you reach your goals. This means we can find the real problems and fix them while still treating you like a normal person. Contact us today to set up your first appointment.
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