Proudly serving the state of New Hampshire, our Subutex clinics provide treatment to adults struggling with opioid addiction.
How Subutex Treatment Works
With extensive clinical research behind it, Subutex is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. First approved in 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is prescribed daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. Once Subutex enters the system, patients will experience relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while also noticing diminished cravings for additional opioid use. Research has confirmed that the use of Subutex is drastically safer than continuing to abuse opioids, as Subutex will not cause patients to experience vital organ damage. When taken, Subutex allows individuals to continue to play an active role in their daily activities without experiencing cognitive impairments.
Subutex utilizes buprenorphine hydrochloride as its active ingredient which provides patients with relief from the discomforts of withdrawal. When used within a comprehensive treatment program, patients who are prescribed Subutex will come to know a life that is not tainted by the dangers of opioid addiction. Like most medications, there are side effects associated with the use of Subutex. To learn more about the potential side effects of Subutex, as well as how this medication will affect you, please consult with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating this medication into your treatment plan.
The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment
Numerous clinical studies have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of Subutex when prescribed within a medication-assisted treatment program for opioid dependence. Patients who incorporate the use of Subutex within their treatment plans have reported experiencing a decrease in the physical symptoms of withdrawal as well as lessened cravings for additional opioid use. In general, when Subutex is incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan, patients report extremely positive results, which allows them to progress in their treatment in a productive manner.
The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling
Patients who are prescribed Subutex typically experience three phases of treatment. During their time at New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients are invited to take part in therapeutic interventions that are designed to progress the process of treatment. The following phases are directly linked to the use of Subutex:
Induction: The induction phase of treatment takes place when a patient is first introduced to Subutex. This phase takes place shortly after the use of opioids has ceased. During this phase, patients are typically in the beginning stages of withdrawal.
Stabilization: During this second phase of treatment, patients are most likely no longer experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal, nor are they craving additional opioid use. It is during this time that patients can work with their healthcare provider in regards to altering their dosages if necessary.
Maintenance: When a patient enters the maintenance phase of treatment, he or she is stable enough to discuss weaning off of Subutex or transitioning onto a different medication.
During treatment, it is extremely beneficial for patients to take part in therapeutic interventions like individual and group counseling sessions. While Subutex works to eliminate the physical symptoms of
withdrawal, individual and group counseling sessions allow patients to treat the emotional aspect of their addictive behaviors. Individual sessions provide patients with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in order to address and treat the underlying factors that may have contributed to their addictions in the first place. Group sessions bring patients together with other individuals who are also receiving treatment for opioid addictions. These counselor-led sessions provide patients with support and encouragement from other individuals who understand the frustrations and struggles associated with addiction and recovery. Research has shown that patients who incorporate therapeutic services into their comprehensive plans of care are far less likely to relapse.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: The loved ones of an individual who is receiving treatment for an opioid addiction can play a valuable role in the recovery process. By playing an active role in your loved one’s care, you can gain a better appreciation for the process of recovery while also coming to understand what your loved one is going through. It is also advised that the family and friends of an individual who is obtaining treatment receive treatment of their own because the presence of addiction can affect everyone in the addict’s life.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Patients who take part in the treatment provided by New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers are advised to keep the following in mind as they navigate down the road towards recovery:
- Observe any treatment guidelines set by your provider regarding taking Subutex.
- Attend all scheduled individual and group counseling sessions, and play an active role during those sessions.
- Voice any concerns that you may have while taking Subutex. Should an issue arise, your healthcare provider can adjust the medication that you are receiving if necessary.
- Refrain from the use of opioids while taking this medication.
- Communicate any concerns that may come up during the course of treatment. The medical professionals at New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to support you throughout the entire treatment process.
The Side Effects of Subutex
Prior to incorporating the use of Subutex into their treatment plans, patients should first discuss any potential side effects with their treatment providers. Because Subutex can negatively interact with other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, it is important that patients openly communicate the use of any other substances with their treatment teams. The following side effects have been reported as taking place by patients who have been prescribed Subutex:
Most common side effects:
- Back pain
- Withdrawal symptoms
Fairly common side effects:
- Runny eyes
- Flu-like symptoms
Less common side effects:
- Accidental injury
- Upset stomach
Please contact New Hampshire Comprehensive Treatment Centers today to learn more about Subutex, as well as the other treatment options that we offer.