Subutex Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

How It Works and Is It Safe?

First approved in 2002 by the U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction, Subutex has since been prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids within medication assisted treatment programs. Typically administered daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. Patients are able to utilize this medication safely as it will not cause them to experience vital organ damage or cognitive impartments. Because of this, individuals are able to play an active role in their recovery without interruption or delay.

Subutex consists of buprenorphine hydrochloride as its active ingredient and provides relief from the discomforts associated with withdrawal. When taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, patients are able to progress towards a future that does not include the dangers of opioid addiction. However, like most medications, side effects can take place when taking Subutex. Individuals who are interested in utilizing this medication should first discuss these side effects with their treatment provider in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication based upon their unique treatment needs.

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Numerous studies have indicated that Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are trapped in the dangerous cycle of opioid abuse. When taken as prescribed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, the use of this medication can provide patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. Patients who utilize Subutex within a comprehensive treatment program are able to successfully progress towards recovered lives.

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment Plus Counseling

Patients who are prescribed Subutex typically progress through three different phases of treatment. Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center offers patients the opportunity to incorporate therapeutic interventions into their treatment plan in order to increase the likelihood of achieving lasting recovery while navigating these phases. The following phases are those experienced by patients who are prescribed Subutex:

Induction: During this first phase of treatment, patients are first introduced to Subutex and are in the beginning stages of withdrawal. Typically, this phase of treatment begins shortly after a patient ceases his or her use of opioids.

Stabilization:It is during the stabilization phase of treatment that patients are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms or craving the use of opioids. During stabilization, patients are able to work closely with their treatment provider in order to adjust their dosage if necessary.

Maintenance: The maintenance phase of treatment takes place when a patient is stable enough to discuss weaning off of Subutex or transitioning onto a different medication if necessary.

During the course of treatment, patients are recommended to take part in individual and group therapy sessions in order to increase their chances of achieving long-term recovery. While Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, therapeutic interventions provide patients with a safe and supportive environment in which to address the underlying factors that may have contributed to their addictive behaviors in the first place. Individual sessions allow patients to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in order to process various emotional and behavioral factors that may have aided in the development of an addiction. These sessions also provide patients the chance to work through any issues or concerns that may arise during the course of treatment. Group sessions are led by one of our highly knowledgeable counselors and allow patients to come together with other individuals who are also working on their recovery. These supportive sessions allow patients to openly discuss an array of topics in a safe atmosphere. Extensive research has confirmed that patients who partake in comprehensive treatment that includes these interventions are more likely to achieve lasting recovery and less likely to relapse.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment:It is important to understand that addiction affects everyone, not just the individual who is physically abusing a substance. Because of this, taking part in family therapy and support groups will help loved ones of a person in treatment gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process as a whole. As a loved one of someone working to overcome an opioid addiction, it is important to also obtain support for yourself during this time.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program:Individuals who take part in the treatment provided by Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center should keep the following in mind throughout the course of treatment:

  • Adhere to all treatment guidelines set in place by your provider with regards to taking your medication.
  • Attend all individual and group therapy sessions and play an active role during these sessions.
  • Voice any concerns that you may have while taking Subutex. If an issue takes place, your treatment provider can make adjustments to your medication or dosage if necessary.
  • Refrain from the use of opioids while taking Subutex.
  • Communicate any issues that may arise during the course of treatment. The compassionate staff of experts at Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center are here to ensure you receive the highest quality of care possible.

The Side Effects of Subutex

Like most medications, Subutex carries the potential for side effects along with its use. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from using medications, prescriptions, or other substances until they are able to discuss potential interactions with their treatment provider. Patients who have been prescribed this medication have reported the following side effects:

Most common side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Back pain
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Fairly common side effects:

  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Runny eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea

Less common side effects:

  • Accidental injury
  • Upset stomach
  • Abscesses
  • Fever

Please contact Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center today to learn more about Subutex as well as the other treatment options that we offer.

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