Using Suboxone for Medically-Assisted Treatment
Suboxone is a brand name medication which is made up of both Naltrexone and buprenorphine. While Naltrexone is an opioid blocker, buprenorphine is actually an opioid itself. But, it’s non-habit forming if used as directed by a doctor so it’s approved and effective for use in detoxing from other opioids. Overall, suboxone treatment works by reducing cravings for those who are dependent on opioid medications. Additionally, it can prevent or reduce the agitating withdrawal symptoms individuals dependent on opioids would otherwise have to experience throughout the detox process.
Benefits of Suboxone Treatment
Because Suboxone is a mixture of two medications which are both proven to help individuals who want to be free from opioid dependence, it offers a number of benefits. The benefits of utilizing Suboxone treatment for recovery from opioid dependence include:
- Preventing or reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, paranoia, anxiety, cold sweats, and more.
- Reducing the severity of both physical and psychological cravings for opioids those dependent upon them may experience.
- Helping to reduce or entirely prevent the use of other opioid medications or illicit drugs.
- Proven to help individuals stay in recovery from dependence long-term
- Prevents effects of other opioids so taking other medications is ineffective.
- If taken correctly by the under the direct supervision of a doctor, Suboxone is completely safe to use.
- Can be utilized in as little as a few hours after the last dose of opioid medication rather than experiencing detox for days prior to treatment.
- Approved by the FDA for use in adolescent opioid dependence, meaning it’s one of the only medically assisted options for teenage opioid dependence.
Cons of Suboxone Treatment
- Since buprenorphine is an opioid itself, Suboxone does present a risk for developing dependence or even addiction if it’s abused. That’s why it’s so important to take it as directed. When it is used as intended, Suboxone doesn’t provide any euphoric effects, especially since it also includes naltrexone.
- Some individuals may experience side effects of Suboxone that may be agitating or even debilitating. These may include headaches, mood changes, nausea, and dizziness. If experienced, dosing can be adjusted or alternate medication may be discussed.
- Long-term use of Suboxone has shown to lead to a number of health-related issues. This is another reason it should only be utilized in a professional medical detox setting.
Is Suboxone Treatment Right for You?
Only an addiction specialist can determine whether or not Suboxone treatment is right for your medically assisted treatment. Choosing this medication for your recovery will depend upon a number of factors including substance you’re dependent on, medical history, and more. But, if you’re approved for the use of Suboxone for your medically assisted treatment, you have a great chance of being able to detox without a long list of agitating withdrawal symptoms. This more comfortable detox will set you up for a long and lasting life in recovery. With medically assisted treatment from Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, you can regain your life back from opioid or alcohol dependence!