The opioid epidemic has necessitated the use of varying treatment options to bring about a state of recovery in addicts from various walks of life. One of these options is Suboxone treatment.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a drug that is used to treat opioid addiction. Opioid addiction includes an addiction to prescription pain relievers like OxyContin or to the street drug heroin; both of these are opiates. Suboxone is a drug that is composed of a mixture of Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Buprenorphine is an opioid medicine that is used as a treatment for opioid addiction. Naloxone is another drug that is used to treat opiate addiction. It has a way of blocking the effects that opioids produce. These effects include drowsiness and a feeling of well-being opioids produce in the people who take them. It’s hoped that, since the addict can no longer feel the effects of an opiate while on Buprenorphine, he or she is less likely to use opiates. It’s the combination of these two medications that makes Suboxone treatment a prized weapon in the war against opioid addiction.
How is Suboxone Used?
Suboxone is prescribed by qualified medical professionals to patients suffering from opiate addiction in order to wean them off of their opiate of choice. A recovering opioid addict will be given more or less of a dose of Suboxone depending on the severity of their drug dependence.
However, the use of Suboxone alone is oftentimes not enough to encourage a full recovery. Drug addiction recovery is a process. This means it could take a significant amount of time to successfully overcome the desire to use. This is why it’s so important for counseling and other measures to be a part of the treatment program.
Suboxone has become one of the primary medications used for opiate addiction, and for good reason. Under medical supervision, the correct dosage is administered and the patient is monitored in order to determine the effectiveness of the treatment and ensure that there are no complications involving the administration of Suboxone.
It’s still important for a recovering opioid addict to address the psychological and even spiritual issues behind their addiction. Even if there were no psychological issues when addiction began, there are sure to be psychological and mental issues that developed as a result of the ongoing addiction that must be addressed.
Learn More During a Consultation
Many of our patients who have been prescribed Suboxone treatment for their opiate addictions have reported many benefits. You can learn more about this treatment option when you come in for a consultation at Restored Images in Nashville. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.