Get Help Recovering from Opioid Addiction with Suboxone
It is not hard to become dependent on opioids. Anyone who has ever taken an opiate knows that. In fact, researchers have found that after as little as 5 days of taking opiates, people can get hooked and begin feeling withdrawal symptoms. If you are addicted to opiates and are trying to find some way to get your life back, Suboxone treatment can help. Medicated-assisted treatment using Suboxone can help you to feel better and reduce cravings almost immediately.
Suboxone is considered to be an excellent and effective treatment for opioid use disorder because of the way it works. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone which balances the brain chemicals affected by chronic opioid use and reduces withdrawal symptoms.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Suboxone
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the brand name of a medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone is used to treat adults who are addicted to opioid drugs as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.
Does Suboxone only treat street drugs?
No, Suboxone treatment can be used to treat either prescription opioids (like hydrocodone or Oxycontin) or illegal opiates (like heroin).
Will Suboxone treatment help me feel better right away?
With opioid addiction, people are physically and emotionally depleted. When you give someone the first couple of doses of buprenorphine, they immediately feel better. When you see them for their follow-up, they say they feel like a new person. It’s not often that you’re able to see the result of treatment so quickly.
Is Suboxone an effective way to treat addiction?
With telemedicine, you can get the treatment that you need from the comfort of your home. Not everyone can find a babysitter to get to a treatment center. Manasota Minor Care Clinic was one of the first innovative providers to offer telehealth even before COVID. I love being able to reach out to people who need help wherever they are.
What is a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to help treat substance abuse disorders.
How do I take Suboxone?
Suboxone’s first dose can be administered right in a doctor’s office or given through a prescription. Suboxone and its generic equivalents usually come in a sublingual strip, meaning you take the medication by putting it under your tongue until it dissolves.
Is Suboxone just another form of opiate?
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. This means it produces similar effects to opiates but to a much lesser degree. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective.
What symptoms does Suboxone help with?
Suboxone treatment can help to:
- Significantly decrease or completely remove withdrawal symptoms
- Stop cravings for opiates
- Lower the potential for misuse
- Allow you to get back to a normal life
Do I have to be clean first?
Before starting a Suboxone program, you need to be in withdrawal, however, you do not have to be completely off your drug of choice. How long you have to wait before taking Suboxone depends on:
- How long it’s been since you used
- What type of opioid you used
- The severity of your dependence
The type of opioid you use is particularly important. Long-acting opioids, like fentanyl or methadone, require that patients slowly lower their dose and begin to wean themselves off before treatment can begin.
With short-acting opioids (like heroin, morphine, hydromorphone, oxycodone, codeine, and similar drugs) Suboxone treatment can begin as soon as 12 hours after the patient last used.
No matter what drug they were on, however, Suboxone treatment can only begin once moderate signs of withdrawal appear.
What a Typical Suboxone Treatment Plan Looks Like
Suboxone treatment occurs in four phases:
- Induction Phase: During the induction phase, the patient will undergo an intake assessment so a doctor can determine the proper dose. The doctor will work with the patient to find a comfortable dose that relieves symptoms of withdrawal and drug cravings. The dosage will be increased until the intended results are achieved.
- Stabilization Phase: Once the correct dose is discovered, the stabilization phase begins. During this phase, the patient begins to examine the underlying cause of their addiction without worrying about the physical symptoms of dependency. Patients begin counseling and receive support services. Many patients are able to stop abusing illicit opiates during this phase.
- Maintenance Phase: When a patient can maintain their treatment, they begin the maintenance phase. They continue to take the correct dose of Suboxone as directed by their provider. They can begin to regain the lifestyle they had before their addiction started with a support system in place.
- Taper Phase: During the taper phase, the doctor and patient work together to begin to lower the required dose of Suboxone until the patient no longer takes the medication at all. The tapering phase is individualized towards a patient’s needs. Once the patient has tapered off the drug, medical treatment is considered complete.
What can I expect from Manasota Minor Care Clinic’s Suboxone program?
At Manasota Minor Care Clinic, you’ll meet with a clinician and develop a therapeutic relationship with them. Our clinician will meet with you and ask you a series of questions to understand your current circumstances. These questions will revolve around your past medical history, your past and current drug use, and other relevant factors to determine if you are a candidate for Suboxone and what dosage will be appropriate. You will then return to the doctor’s office on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the situation, for monitoring and medicine.
Suboxone Treatment in Bradenton, Florida
If you’re looking for an affordable and effective way to help you get off opiates, we can help. Manasota Minor Care Clinic offers Suboxone treatment for patients who are withdrawing from heroin, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and other opiates without a long wait or exorbitant costs.
Your health is our number one priority. We offer little to no wait time, so you can begin treatment right away. We’re located in Bradenton, Florida, and serve Manatee and Sarasota counties. Contact us online or at 941-756-1253 for more information.