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Doctors who treat opioid addiction have the choice of employing medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The most common medications used in the treatment of opioid dependence today are Naltrexone and Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Fortuntely, our doctors have more resources than ever before to get patients well in our West Palm Beach Suboxone clinic.
Most people cannot stop taking opioids abruptly. They need assistance to change their thinking, behavior, and situation. Unfortunately, stopping abruptly has a poor success rate – fewer than 25 percent of patients can remain sober for even one year. This is where MAT options like Suboxone treatment benefit patients in staying sober, while reducing the side effects of withdrawal and cravings that typically lead to relapse.
When a doctor starts an opioid-addicted patient on Suboxone treatment, the patient must be undergoing mild to moderate withdrawal. At this point, the opioids have started to exit the brain’s opioid receptors. Moreover, when opioids come off the receptors, Buprenorphine attaches and sticks to them. When this happens, the patient’s withdrawal indications improve as the receptors accept the Buprenorphine. Additionally, the Suboxone starts to overpower withdrawal symptoms and cravings. With daily Suboxone maintenance, Suboxone continues to keep the brain’s opioid receptors engaged. In fact, should the patient use another opioid at this point, the euphoric effects of that opioid will be greatly decreased or null.
West Palm Beach Suboxone Treatment is Safe
Like most medications, Suboxone comes with some side-effects. These are mild and typically abate after a few weeks. Known indications include headache, withdrawal symptoms, body pain, nausea, difficulty sleeping, sweating, constipation, and in some cases, abdominal pain. However, like all medications, there is a risk versus reward component to Suboxone treatment. The doctor will discuss this in detail and decide with their patients if Suboxone maintenance is the right fit.
Also, doctors should be alerted if any of these symptoms occur before or during treatment with Suboxone. In most cases, the Suboxone doctor will be able to treat some of these indications. Additionally, some research studies support the use of Suboxone in pregnant women. You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking Suboxone. If you are unsure, a pregnancy test can be provided. At that point, the doctor will need to discuss the benefits of using Suboxone, along with associated risk to pregnancy.
How Does Suboxone Work?
There are two medicines combined in each dose of Suboxone. The chief ingredient is Buprenorphine, which is known as a partial opioid agonist, and the second is Naloxone, which is an opioid blocker. The Buprenorphine tricks the opioid receptors as if it was a full opioid agonist, like heroin. The Naloxone blocks the effects of any full opioid.
What Is a Partial Opioid Agonist?
A partial opioid agonist like Buprenorphine is an opioid that creates a reduced effect to a full opioid when it attaches to an opioid receptor. For example, Oxycontin, morphine, heroin and Methadone are full opioid agonists. When a ‘partial opioid’ like Suboxone is taken, the patient may feel a small sensation, but most patients comment that they just feel “normal” during MAT. However, if they are feeling pain they will receive some mild pain relief.
People who are addicted to opioids do not get "high" when they take Buprenorphine as directed. Buprenorphine tricks the brain into thinking it's a full opioid like heroin, and this suppresses the withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with the heroin. This is the benefit of treating patients with Buprenorphine in a Suboxone clinic.
Suboxone Over Methadone
One of the most important benefits in using Suboxone to treat opioid addiction is the “maximum limit” effect. This means that using more Suboxone than prescribed does not result in a full opioid effect. In other words, taking more Suboxone will not produce a “high”. This is a big advantage over methadone since it is a full-opioid. It also one of the reasons to be carefully monitored by a Suboxone clinic. The “maximum limit” also assists if Suboxone is taken in an overdose situation, as there is less shallow breathing than that resulting from a full opioid, like heroin. For the same reason, Methadone must be administered daily at a licensed clinic.
Suboxone is a long-acting medicine in medicated assisted treatment. This means that when Suboxone is ingested, it stays in the brain for a full 24 hours, and it will not permit any full opioid substances to attach to the brain receptor. Therefore, each time a patient takes a dose they will have a 24-hour period of effects from full opioids. Overall, Suboxone can allow those suffering with opioid addiction to recover to a normal state of mind that is free of withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and the highs and lows associated with substance use disorder.
How Long Do I Need to Stay on Suboxone Maintenance?
The length of Suboxone maintenance therapy will depend on individual needs and is up to the patients and Suboxone doctor. While some need Suboxone for as little as a few weeks, others may need it for much longer periods. Also, integrating Suboxone treatment with behavioral therapy will improve chances of success. Furthermore, studies have shown that short-term treatment with Suboxone may not provide enough time to deal with the emotional and behavioral parts of the disease. Physical addiction is only one component. That said, the danger of relapse is often higher with interim treatment, since patients may not have accrued enough time to learn how to sustain a drug-free life.
Most importantly, don’t stop Suboxone treatment on your own. Stopping Suboxone abruptly will cause withdrawal. When you do decide to stop taking Suboxone, your doctor will work with you to slowly reduce the dose until you are comfortable without taking Suboxone.
Is West Palm Beach Suboxone Treatment Right for You?
Today’s healthcare providers manage opioid addiction with medication-assisted treatment. At our Suboxone clinic, we utilize medicines that allow you to recover to a normal state of mind and lessen the issues of craving and withdrawal. But, that’s just the beginning! We will also work with you to change the behaviors that addiction has created. For this purpose, we have developed a quick-start, eight-week group therapy program that you will find invaluable. In this environment, you will learn from other patients, and they will learn from you. This happens in a discrete, non-judgmental setting of healing and hope.
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