Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Suboxone & Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is more common than many people think so if you’re struggling with opioid dependence, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people in the United States have issues with abuse or dependence on opioids. Dependence on opioids is a serious public health problem with potentially devastating consequences so maintenance medications, along with counseling is a must, in order to improve the chances of success to break free from opioid use and help you or your loved one stay on the road to recovery. Our experienced team at the Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa, specialize in the medical management of opioid dependence and offer treatment with Suboxone®. To get the medical and psychological help you need to overcome your opioid dependence, call the office today or request an appointment online. First, let’s explain what opioid use disorder is.
What is Opioid Use Disorder?
Opioid use disorder can be defined as a continuous compulsion to use opioids despite physical, psychological or social harm to the user. Opioids are often prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin, Lortab, Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, etc. and Heroin.
Warning Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder
- Difficulty in controlling use
- A strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance
- Euphoria – feeling high
- Shallow or slow breathing
- Small pupils
- Nausea, vomiting
- Itching or flushed skin
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or poor judgment
Suboxone® is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction. It was approved for use by the FDA in 2002 and unlike other opioid maintenance medications, Suboxone contains both buprenorphine and naloxone.
Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist, which means it releases the same pleasurable sensations you feel when taking opioids, but to a lesser degree. The pleasurable effects from the suboxone increase with each dose, but level off at a moderate dose, even if you take more. The effects Suboxone produce also last longer, so you may not even need to take it every day.
The Naloxone in the Suboxone also counters the effects of an opioid overdose and blocks the opioid receptors in your brain to assist in the recovery process.
Your specialist at the Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa will determine if you’re a good candidate for Suboxone after your initial consultation. The medication is FDA-approved for people who are:
- Diagnosed with opioid dependency
- Willing to follow the safety precautions
- Not diagnosed with a contraindicated health condition
Treatment with Suboxone works best when combined with behavioral therapy so we offer an outpatient opioid use disorder program that includes medications such as Suboxone along with ongoing behavioral therapy and counseling.
Once you have been deemed to be a good candidate for Suboxone, your treatment plan will be initiated. Administration of Suboxone occurs in three phases:
A) Induction phase
The induction phase refers to the initiation of your Suboxone, which is conducted under medical guidance after you’ve gone 12-24 hours without opioids and you’re in the early stages of withdrawal.
B) Stabilization phase
You enter the stabilization phase after you’ve discontinued use of the opioid. Your Suboxone is adjusted as needed to help control cravings and prevent a relapse.
C) Maintenance phase
Once you’re doing well on a stable dose of Suboxone, you’re considered to be in the maintenance phase. You can continue to take Suboxone indefinitely if desired.
You can also discontinue your use of Suboxone after you’ve reached the maintenance phase, but only under medical supervision to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid dependency is a medical condition that requires physician management with treatments such as Suboxone and behavioral therapy. To learn more about Suboxone and how it can help you, call us today or request an appointment online.
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