How It Works and Is It Safe?
Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Utilizing a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids. Buprenorphine, however, does not cause patients to experience the same symptoms that opioids do. In other words, it does not induce cognitive impairments and a euphoric high. When taken, buprenorphine takes control of the opiate receptors in the brain and provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, while also getting rid of cravings for additional opioid use. Naloxone is an opioid blocker (opioid antagonist) that counteracts the negative effects that opioids have on the body.
Extensive clinical research has confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Suboxone when taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program.
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Numerous studies have concluded that Suboxone is a safe treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. When taken as prescribed, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the unconformable symptoms of withdrawal while also keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Use of Suboxone also provides patients with the mental clarity that is required for successfully progressing in their treatment.
Because Suboxone will not cause patients to experience feelings of euphoria, the risk for abuse is extremely low. By consulting with your healthcare provider, you can determine if incorporating Suboxone into your comprehensive treatment plan matches your specific goals and treatment needs. There are multiple prescriptions available for patients to incorporate into their treatment plans, which is why finding the correct fit is important for each patient.
The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment Plus Counseling
Successfully overcoming an addiction to opioids can be a difficult challenge. Once an addiction develops, individuals will experience the symptoms of withdrawal should the use of opioids abruptly cease. Knowing that these uncomfortable symptoms will take place is often enough motivation to keep individuals trapped in a cycle of abuse. However, when Suboxone is incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan, he or she will be provided with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, allowing recovery to be manageable.
Although patients will experience relief from the symptoms of withdrawal while taking Suboxone, it is important to realize that in order to successfully achieve lasting recovery, patients must treat the emotional component of their addictions as well. By implementing a comprehensive treatment approach, patients are able to utilize prescription medications alongside such therapeutic interventions as individual and group counseling sessions. Individual sessions provide patients with the opportunity to openly discuss the underlying causes of their addictions in a safe and supportive environment with a trained counselor. These one-on-one sessions also allow patients to work through any issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Group sessions are led by one of our highly qualified counselors and bring patients together with their peers in a safe atmosphere in which to openly discuss their progress as well as their setbacks. These sessions provide patients with support from other individuals who understand firsthand the struggles and frustrations associated with addiction and recovery.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Because addiction affects everyone that it touches, it is important as a loved one of someone who is obtaining treatment to also receive support for yourself. If someone you love is taking part in treatment through New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, please keep the following in mind in order to play an active role in his or her recovery:
- Learn more about Suboxone and the other treatment options available so that you are able to gain a better understanding of what your loved one is experiencing throughout the process of recovery.
- Encourage your loved one to attend any appointments that he or she may have.
- Show your support by following-up with your loved one. Ask how his or her therapy sessions are progressing, how the medication is affecting him or her, etc.
- Applaud your loved one on all achievements.
- Do not forget that true recovery takes time and may include some setbacks along the way. Provide your loved one with support especially during times of frustration.
- Obtain treatment of your own.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Making the decision to take part in the treatment provided by New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a brave first step towards a life free from the dangerous cycle of addiction. In order to be successful throughout the course of treatment, patients are urged to keep the following in mind:
- Adhere to any directions given to you by your treatment provider, and follow any recommendations that he or she offers regarding the treatment process as a whole.
- Consistently show up for appointments to receive your Suboxone.
- Follow any guidelines that are provided, such as refraining from consuming alcohol while taking Suboxone.
- Play an active role in group therapy sessions, which will allow you to obtain the most of the experience.
- Be open and honest with your counselor during individual therapy sessions. He or she is there to help you, not judge you. Your honesty will benefit you throughout the course of treatment.
- Openly communicate any questions, concerns, or issues that may arise while taking Suboxone. By communicating any issues, your treatment provider will be able to make adjustments as necessary.
- Do not use any form of opioid substance while taking Suboxone.
The Side Effects of Suboxone
As is true when taking any medication, there are side effects that can take place while taking Suboxone. The following side effects have been reported by patients who incorporate Suboxone into their treatment plans:
- Generalized pain
- Low blood pressure
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Blurred vision
- Runny nose
- Coordination problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Back and abdominal pain
- Attention disturbances
Patients should report the presence of any of these side effects to their physician so that adjustments can be made if necessary.
The dedicated teams of medical experts at New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to assist you in achieving a life free from opioid addiction. Please contact us today to learn more about the treatment options that we offer.