Suboxone Services

Buprenorphine is a prescription medication used in detoxification as an opioid-replacement for heroin and prescription painkiller addictions. Approved by the Food Drug Administration in 2002, it was utilized as a tool for medically-assisted treatment (MAT) and is now used in combination with behavioral therapies to provide clients help with their opioid addictions and relapse prevention. Although normally taken orally, buprenorphine can also be taken intravenously or via a transdermal patch. Its most popular form is through Suboxone tablets, a controlled substance that contains buprenorphine along with the opioid adversary naloxone, which is used as an alternative to methadone in opioid replacement therapies. Because buprenorphine is a partial agonist opioid receptor modulator, the advantages of using buprenorphine or Suboxone in opioid replacement treatment lie in the fact that both negate respiratory depression caused by opioid abuse or overdose.

While both buprenorphine and Suboxone carry some risks of causing psychological and physical dependence—especially for people who are non-dependent on opioids—under careful medical supervision, both medications, in recommended dosages, do not achieve the same euphoric high that is experienced when using opioids. This allows for opioid detoxification to have relatively low withdrawal effects while also having a lower potential for misuse and physical dependence by the client. Whether an opioid substance abuser uses buprenorphine or Suboxone, undergoing drug detox therapy would require medical supervision and drug rehab treatment. Both medications are used as a tool for addicts to endure withdrawal and begin the steps to recovery and eventually a life of sobriety.

Top Reasons to Consider Buprenorphine or Suboxone

  • Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms

    Opioid and heroin addictions are notorious for having excruciatingly painful withdrawal symptoms, but under medical supervision, Suboxone can reduce the pain and allow clients to complete the detoxification process with minimal discomfort.

  • Fewer Side Effects than Methadone

    For some people, Suboxone has fewer adverse side effects than what is normally experienced in methadone maintenance. Everyone is different, but many Suboxone users say they feel more coherent and stable, allowing opioid withdrawal symptoms to be easier to endure.

  • Encourages Slow Addiction Release

    For people with an opiate addiction, quitting "cold turkey" can be dangerous and physically unbearable. Suboxone is used as a maintenance medication to gradually reduce the physical dependence on opioids for users until they have completed a full detox.

  • Increased Recovery Success Rates

    Clients who go through the detoxification process using Suboxone as a maintenance medication before entering rehab tend to have higher chances of success for recovery. When opioid withdrawal symptoms are maintained, clients can recover at their own pace.

Is Suboxone Right for Me?

If you or a loved one is suffering from a heroin or opioid addiction, Suboxone treatment might be the best route to take. Withdrawal symptoms for opioid-substance addictions can be extremely painful for the person suffering from an addiction and shouldn’t be dealt with alone by just sheer perseverance. This can result in relapse due to the extremities of symptoms experienced. Other symptoms that can become dangerous when clients aren’t supervised are vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid heartbeat.

Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

With Suboxone treatment, addicts with an opioid addiction can moderately wean themselves off of their physical dependence to heroin or prescription painkillers. Afterwards, they can pursue abstinence afterward through a drug rehab program. The recommended duration of any opioid replacement treatment is about six months long in order to completely detoxify the individual and prepare them for sobriety.