How It Works and Is It Safe?
Comprised of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed to individuals who are battling addictions to opioids. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual consumes opioids. Unlike opioids, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience the same euphoric high that is experienced when opioids are abused. Because of this, individuals who are prescribed Suboxone are able to progress in treatment in a coherent manner. In addition, buprenorphine provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, often referred to as an “opioid blocker,” which counteracts the negative effects that opioids have within the body. Extensive clinical research has confirmed that Suboxone is a safe treatment option when taken as directed within a licensed treatment center.
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Patients who incorporate Suboxone into their comprehensive treatment plans have reported a drastic decrease in cravings for additional opioid use as well as an elimination of withdrawal symptoms. Research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Suboxone in the treatment of opioid dependence. If a patient attempts to abuse Suboxone during the course of treatment, he or she will not experience the same desired high that is achieved when opioids are abused. Studies have confirmed that the use of Suboxone provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to productively progress in their treatment towards lasting recovery.
Individuals who are interested in being prescribed Suboxone should first discuss the medication with their physicians in order to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate fit based upon their individual treatment needs. There are multiple medications available at Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center, so it is important to explore all options before beginning a new medication regimen.
The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment Plus Counseling
Once an addiction to opioids develops, an individual will inevitably experience the painful symptoms of withdrawal should he or she attempt to stop using their substance(s) of choice. Knowing that this period of withdrawal will take place is often enough for individuals to remain trapped in the dangerous cycle of substance abuse and addiction. When Suboxone is incorporated into a patient’s treatment, however, individuals are spared from experiencing these discomforts, thus allowing them to focus on the therapeutic aspect of their care.
While Suboxone can play an instrumental part in the recovery process, patients must understand that lasting recovery requires treatment for the physical as well as psychological components of their addictive behaviors. By taking part in therapeutic interventions, such as individual therapy and group therapy, patients are given the opportunity to understand the root causes of their addictions and prepare themselves for truly recovered futures. These sessions are led by our highly qualified counselors and provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to openly discuss emotions, behaviors, and points of view. Therapeutic sessions also allow patients the chance to address and process any issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment.
How to Support Your Loved One during Medication Assisted Treatment: Addiction affects everyone that it touches, not just the individual who is physically addicted to a substance. It is important to play an active role in the treatment of your loved one as he or she progresses towards recovery. It is also beneficial to keep the following in mind throughout the course of a loved one’s treatment:
- Educate yourself about Suboxone as well as the other treatment options that are available for your loved one.
- Remind your loved one to attend any scheduled appointments that he or she may have.
- Show your support by asking your loved one how his or her treatment is going, how his or her medication is affecting him or her, etc.
- Congratulate your loved one on all successes.
- Remember that lasting recovery takes time and patience. While there may be setbacks along the way, remind your loved one that he or she will be able to achieve his or her goals. Share your optimism with your loved one throughout this journey.
- Receive treatment for yourself.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: It is a brave decision to take part in treatment for an addiction to opioids. It is important to remember that lasting recovery requires the active participation of patients throughout their journeys. Patients are encouraged to keep the following in mind as they navigate through the recovery process:
- Follow all directions given to you by your treatment provider with regards to the treatment process as a whole.
- Show up for all scheduled appointments in order to receive your Suboxone.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol while taking Suboxone.
- Actively play a role in individual and group therapy sessions.
- Openly communicate with your counselor. He or she is here to help you progress in your treatment. Your honesty will help with that progression.
- Voice any issues, questions, or concerns that may arise throughout the course of treatment. By making your treatment provider aware of any issues that you may have, he or she can then make adjustments to your medication and treatment plan if necessary.
- Refrain from using any illegal substances during the course of treatment.
The Side Effects of Suboxone
Like most medications, side effects can arise while taking Suboxone. The following side effects have been reported by patients who have been prescribed this medication:
- Generalized pain
- Low blood pressure
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Blurred vision
- Runny nose
- Coordination problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Back and abdominal pain
- Attention disturbances
Patients are urged to notify their treatment provider should any of these side effects take place so that adjustments to their dosage and medication can take place if necessary.
The dedicated team of professionals at Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center are here to assist you in safely overcoming your addiction to opioids. Through the use of a comprehensive treatment approach, patients are able to regain control of the life that an opioid addiction has taken over. Please contact us today to learn more about Suboxone as well as the other treatment options that we offer.