Opiate addiction is serious business. It is one of the hardest addictions to break. Because opiates are in so many medications, which are relatively easy to find, it is a common addiction. If you, or somebody you love is suffering from an opiate addiction, you know all about how hard the addiction is to break. Our clinic can help by offering treatment and support.
For a long time, methadone was the treatment of choice for opiate addiction. It has mixed results and can be a poor treatment. Fortunately, there is another option. Suboxone is gaining favor because of the multitude of success stories it has helped to create around the world. Common Opiates in Addiction – More than Heroin:
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone has helped thousands upon thousands addicts break the chains of addiction. It is a semi-synthetic opiate-based medicine, coupled with a medication that blocks opiates. Its unique composition has helped so many to be successful. Because it is not entirely derived from opium, it acts differently on the body and provides a clear-headed path out of addiction. How Does Suboxone Work?
Suboxone has a two-fold effect. The active ingredient buprenorphine both activates and blocks opiate receptors. The other part of the drug is naloxone, which blocks the effects of opiates. This means that the drug works on both sides of the addiction problem. Essentially, Suboxone satisfies the need while eliminating ‘reward’ when opiates are taken.
What are the Benefits?
- Few Withdrawal Symptoms: Because Suboxone satisfies the need for the brain and body, the patient can detox without the intense withdrawal symptoms.
- Discourages Relapse: It discourages use of opiates by eliminating the effects. When a patient is on Suboxone, opiates taken will have no euphoric effect. The patient quickly learns that is no benefit in relapse.
- Fewer Side Effects: Unlike methadone, which can make patients extremely drowsy, Suboxone allows patients to be alert, awake, and fully productive. • Lower Risk of Dependency: The risk of trading one addiction for another is much, much lower with Suboxone than with Methadone. Patients are typically able to treat the addiction, then be gradually weaned of Suboxone with little negative effect.
- Accessible: Suboxone is a drug that a doctor can prescribe for home use. Methadone, on the other hand, is rarely administered outside of a clinic. This makes Suboxone a convenient option because after the initial stages of treatment the medication may be self-administered.
- Long Duration: Suboxone has a longer duration than methadone. With Suboxone, the medication is often administered every 2-3 days, rather than every day. It gives freedom to the patient by not requiring him or her to be in a clinic every day.
Take control of addiction and lead a full life. Start today by contacting us to learn about Suboxone and other treatment options. You are not alone in your struggle. There is no reason for it to continue! We can help.