For people working to overcome substance use disorders, medication-assisted treatment can be a helpful resource. Suboxone is one of the many medications available to help with recovery. Whether you’re returning to sobriety after a relapse or pursuing treatment for the first time, a Suboxone treatment program can ease the withdrawal process.
Find a Suboxone treatment program near you at Lotus Recovery Centers. To learn more about the benefits of Suboxone in addiction treatment or to get started on the road to recovery, connect with our team at 833.922.1615 today.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a safe, FDA-approved medication designed specifically to imitate the effects of opioids. When you take opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers, they bind to nerve receptors in your brain. Eventually, your brain and body become more and more used to the drug.
When you take Suboxone, it binds to the same brain receptors as opioids. That way, your body doesn’t experience the discomfort of complete withdrawal. But Suboxone doesn’t have the strong effect of opioids, so you won’t feel the euphoria or pleasure that comes with addictive substances.
Suboxone is actually a combination of two different medications called buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine works on the brain’s receptors to suppress painful withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone reduces the risk of relapse by blocking the pain-relieving sensations of opioids. So if you take opioids within 24 hours after taking Suboxone, you won’t feel the positive “high” that compels you to return for more. Naloxone can also reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Clients take Suboxone under the supervision of Suboxone doctors. At the beginning of your recovery journey, you’ll meet with a doctor and review your substance use history. This will help them decide if medication is right for you and what dosage you should get.
If you’re considering treatment, it’s important to let the Suboxone doctor know if you’ve ever experienced any of these health issues:
- Kidney or liver disease
- Sleep apnea or other breathing problems
- Seizures or a head injury
- Gallbladder or thyroid problems
- Problems with urination
Since each dose of Suboxone is effective for 24 hours, you’ll only need to take it once a day. Suboxone can be taken in a tablet or a strip under the tongue.
Unlike other medications used in recovery, Suboxone is meant to be taken for a short time period, usually six to 12 months.
The Top Benefits of Suboxone
There are many advantages to Suboxone treatment, both for Suboxone doctors and clients. These include:
- Suboxone doesn’t cause euphoria, so it has low abuse potential.
- Clients who use Suboxone tend to remain in treatment and achieve at least a year of sobriety.
- Suboxone reduces the risk of relapse.
Suboxone can help you maintain your progress on the road to recovery.
While Suboxone is helpful to minimize cravings in the early days of detox, it can also stabilize you as you work towards long-term recovery. That’s why our Virginia and Delaware centers offer Suboxone as part of our medication-assisted treatment programs. Suboxone treatment is available on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Medication isn’t the only aspect of your Suboxone treatment program. You’ll also participate in individual or family therapy, work with a counselor, receive primary care and medical treatment, and explore healthy coping techniques and skills to use in sobriety.
Clients who use physician-approved recovery medications may experience less physical discomfort, allowing them to focus more fully on positive lifestyle changes and relationships.
Learn More at Lotus Recovery Centers
With trained Suboxone doctors at our facilities in Delaware and West Virginia, we’re ready to help you or a loved one begin your recovery journey. Our centers accept Medicaid and private insurance, and we don’t believe cost should be a barrier to treatment. Call 833.922.1615 to find out how Suboxone can help you.