Suboxone is a specialized medication used to treat persons with opioid addictions and has become the preferred treatment medication. When compared to Methadone, as per this NIH study, participants undertaking Suboxone treatments are 150% more likely to complete their treatments, and statistically experience a 2.5x lower rate of mortality.
Its two main ingredients are Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which blocks the Opiate receptors in the brain and helps to reduce urges. Naloxone effectively helps to reverse the side effects of opioids. In conjunction with one another, they also work to lessen withdrawal symptoms brought on by opioid addiction.
While Suboxone can help you overcome and manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, it is most effective when combined with counseling and addictions therapy. DeCoach Rehabilitation Centre specializes in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs to help members of the community with substance misuse while allowing them to continue living their lives!
How Suboxone Is Used
It can help break dependence on short-acting Opioids including Heroin and prescription painkillers.
During the early stage of your withdrawal phase, symptoms are at their most uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Suboxone helps lessen and eliminate symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Once a specialist has determined your withdrawal phase to be over, you enter a maintenance phase, during which your doctor gradually and strategically reduces your dose.
How Does Suboxone Help Addiction Treatment?
When the correct doses are taken, on the schedule prescribed by your specialist, Suboxone will cause no cravings, have no withdrawal and will leave you feeling ‘normal’.
Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Early symptoms typically begin in the first 24 hours after you stop using the drug, and they include:
- Body aches
- Excessive sweating
Later symptoms, which can be more intense, begin after the first day or so. They include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
Suboxone offers a long-term solution for managing an Opioid addiction, particularly when it’s included as part of a larger, more comprehensive recovery plan. It is also a depressant, meaning it will ‘slow you down’. You may experience:
- Pain relief
- Calmness and overall well-being
- Less perceived worries and
- Lower stress levels
How Is Suboxone Administered?
It’s vitally important to follow your doctor’s specific instructions regarding each dose. Suboxone can be ingested in a film or tablet form. Suboxone Film is placed under your tongue, allowing it to deliver the precise amount of medication necessary.
Pairing Suboxone With Substance Recovery Programs
Suboxone on its own, won’t treat your addiction. Research shows it is most effective when it is used together with a substance recovery program, like those offered at DeCoach Rehabilitation Centre, that incorporates in-house treatment, outpatient treatment, and counseling services.
It reduces or eliminates many of the challenging symptoms associated with withdrawal that were listed above. This allows you to stay strong and remain focused on recovery.
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If you or a loved one have questions about medication-assisted treatment or are ready to take the first step in your recovery journey, reach out to the team at DeCoach Rehabilitation Centre for more information.
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