Suboxone

Our Huntington Beach suboxone treatment program helps those who struggle with opioid dependence. Suboxone, which contains buprenorphine and naloxone, is an FDA-approved medication used in opioid addiction treatment, whether the substance being used is heroin or a prescription painkiller, such as OxyContin or Vicodin. It can be taken daily as an oral pill, a film placed under the tongue, or as a six-month implant in the upper arm.

The opioid crisis is an ongoing battle; presently, more people have died from an unintentional drug overdose than any other accidental death. In 2016 the CDC reported a total of 63,632 deaths related to opioid use in the United States.

Opiate addiction is considered to be a chronic medical illness. Once it has developed, there is no cure for opioid addiction. This means treatment will have to be ongoing and monitored closely by a medical professional. 

Even though detoxification and therapy have helped with recovery, the relapse  rate remains at 90%. Researchers have found that using medication-assisted treatment during and after detox has proven to be effective. A prescription medication known as suboxone has displayed positive results in treating opioid addiction. 

Some argue that taking opioid medication as a way to treat opioid addiction is harmful and risky. However, evidence suggests that taking suboxone decreases the chance of relapse. Suboxone combines two primary opioids, buprenorphine (partial agonist) and naloxone (full antagonist). Both of these work together to block and counteract the effects of opioid abuse. These two ingredients are used for addiction treatment purposes only and are prescribed to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

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Our Huntington Beach suboxone treatment program offers MAT to provide relief during detox and continuing care throughout rehab. Our medical specialists at Newsong Recovery are on hand to monitor our patients 24/7. They can offer a prescribed dose of suboxone if required. Using medication-assisted treatment can increase the chances of a successful recovery. 

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription drug that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone works to counteract and block the effects of drug abuse. Suboxone works by blocking opiate receptors in the brain, thereby reducing the urge to use and reversing the effects of the opioids.

 After detox is completed, patients can remain on suboxone to help reduce cravings and opioid withdrawal symptoms. While the patient is on the prescribed medication, they will continue to go through treatment programs and attend support groups. There is some risk of developing opioid dependence while using the prescription drug. However, patients are closely monitored when it is prescribed. Doctors can slowly wean the patient off the drug if the patient begins to show signs of dependence.

Using suboxone will help with long term recovery for those who are struggling with substance abuse. Relapse happens when the urge to use is uncontrollable, or the pain of withdrawal is too much to handle. Using this type of medication-assisted treatment offers a way to minimize the temptation to use again. At the same time, it can ease the symptoms of withdrawal. 

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Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is a type of opioid medication that has proven to be effective in treating opioid addiction. It is a partial opioid agonist; this means that it activates the opioid receptors in the brain. It is then able to block opioids from reaching the opioid brain receptors by attaching itself to those same receptors.

While buprenorphine is an opioid, it causes less euphoria and less physical dependence like other opioids. It is, therefore, at a lower risk for misuse and has relatively mild withdrawal symptoms. With the right dosage, treatment with buprenorphine will suppress withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and help patients to remain in rehab.  

Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist; it is used in opioid addiction treatment to counteract the effects of opioids and opioid overdose. Naloxone only works when there are already opioids in the system. It can lessen the risk of relapse because it prevents the euphoric sensation that taking opioids cause.

Naloxone is traditionally used in emergencies to treat an overdose. Doctors use it reverses the depression on the central nervous system and respiratory system. By doing this, it allows the victim of the opioid overdose to breathe normally. Its purpose for suboxone is to prevent patients from overdosing on buprenorphine. 

A Full Recovery

The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life. Suboxone has been shown to:

● Improve patient survival

● Increase retention in treatment

● Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders

● Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment

This prescription medication isn’t prescribed in isolation. It’s one component of a comprehensive recovery program designed to address the patient’s individual needs.

What to Expect

Newsong Recovery’s Suboxone medication-assisted treatment program is closely supervised by a team of physicians with more than 35 years of experience using the latest evidence-based approaches to manage the symptoms of withdrawal when a person is in treatment detoxing and as part of an ongoing maintenance plan to manage cravings. 

At Newsong Recovery, your treatment will begin with a comprehensive assessment to determine if you are an ideal candidate for medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone. If you are, Suboxone treatment happens in three phases:

1. The Induction Phase: The first dose of Suboxone will be administered while you are in a moderate state of withdrawal. 

2. The Stabilization Phase: Once you are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms and have minimal to no side effects without any uncontrollable cravings, you will continue taking medication regularly as prescribed.

3. The Maintenance Phase: Once you are stabilized, you will work with your doctor to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, provides a whole-patient approach to treatment.

Side Effects of Suboxone

As is the case with all prescription medication, there is the risk of side effects. It is essential that patients only use suboxone if it has been prescribed by a doctor and is monitored by a medical professional.

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The following is a list of possible side effects:

  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Burning tongue
  • Redness in the mouth

Suboxone can have more severe side effects, and a doctor or medical professional should be consulted before taking it.

Start the Process Now

suboxone Newsong Recovery offers complimentary consultations with our team of board-certified physicians. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program and our MAT program, call us now. 

There is hope. You can build a fulfilled life in recovery.

 

“There is hope. You can build a fulfilled life in recovery.”

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