How It Works and Is It Safe?
Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. When taken, buprenorphine provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal without causing a euphoric high or cognitive impairments. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist (“opioid blocker”) that counteracts the negative effects that opioids have on the body. In addition to providing patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, Suboxone also eliminates cravings for continued opioid use.
Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness and safety of Suboxone when it is taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional.
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Suboxone has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with opioid addictions. Patients who have utilized Suboxone have reported a decrease in cravings for continued opioid use and diminished withdrawal symptoms. Since Suboxone will not cause patients to experience the same feelings of euphoria that opioids induce, patients are able to play an active role in daily obligations such as work, school, and their treatment.
While studies have confirmed that Suboxone can provide patients with the mental clarity that is required to focus on recovery, this medication is not the appropriate choice for everyone. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the appropriate type of treatment based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.
The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment Plus Counseling
Once addicted to opioids, individuals will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms should he or she abruptly cease use of these drugs. Because of this, many individuals find themselves trapped in a dangerous cycle of ongoing substance use in an attempt to avoid experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal. However, when Suboxone is incorporated into a person’s treatment plan, he or she is able to focus on recovery without experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Although Suboxone can provide patients with relief from withdrawal symptoms, taking part in additional therapeutic interventions can provide patients with higher chances of achieving lasting recovery. At Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center, we provide patients with the opportunity to take part in both individual and group therapy sessions. These sessions allow patients to work closely with our highly qualified counselors in order to address and process the underlying factors that may have contributed to their addictions in the first place. Group therapy sessions bring patients together with their peers so that they can provide and receive support and encouragement from individuals who understand firsthand the struggles associated with addiction and recovery. These sessions let patients discuss their trials, triumphs, emotions, and concerns in a safe and supportive environment.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Addiction affects everyone who is involved, not just the individual who is physically abusing the substance. If someone you love is battling an addiction to opioids, the best way to help him or her is to be as supportive as you can. By offering to play an active role in his or her recovery process, you will be able to provide your loved one with the support that he or she needs throughout his or her recovery journey. It could also be helpful to keep the following in mind:
- Learn more about Suboxone, as well as the other treatment options available, so that you can understand what your loved one is going through.
- Remind your loved one to attend any appointments that he or she has scheduled.
- Show your support by regularly asking your loved one how his or her therapy is going, how the medication is affecting him or her, etc.
- Congratulate your loved one on all successes he or she achieves during recovery.
- Remind yourself that lasting recovery takes time and may include setbacks along the way. Remain optimistic and share that optimism with your loved one, especially when he or she feels discouraged.
- Obtain your own support.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: The decision to take part in treatment at Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center is a brave and wonderful first step towards achieving lasting recovery. By actively playing a role in your entire therapeutic process, you will be able to commit to your recovery on a personal level. The following are suggestions detailing how you can successfully navigate your journey to lasting recovery:
- Follow all guidelines put in place by your treatment provider and adhere to any suggestions that he or she may offer regarding the treatment process as a whole.
- Consistently show up for all appointments in order to receive your Suboxone.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol and/or other substances while taking Suboxone.
- Play an active role in group therapy sessions which will allow you to benefit from the therapeutic experience.
- Openly and honestly communicate with your counselor during individual therapy sessions. He or she is there to help you achieve your goals, not to hinder your progress.
- Communicate any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Voicing any issues that may take place is important in order for your treatment team to properly monitor your progress in treatment. Changes to your medication can be made by our physicians if it is deemed necessary.
The Side Effects of Suboxone
As is the case with most medications, there is a risk for side effects occurring when taking Suboxone. The following side effects have been reported, and typically occur in the beginning of the recovery process:
- Generalized pain
- Low blood pressure
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Blurred vision
- Runny nose
- Coordination problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Back and abdominal pain
- Attention disturbances
Please report any side effects that take place to your physician so that he or she can adjust your dosage or transition you onto another prescription if necessary.
The dedicated and professional team of professionals at Western Michigan Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to provide you or loved one with the highest quality of care available. Please contact us today to learn more about the treatment options we offer or to answer any questions that you may have. We are here to provide you with the healthy, happy, and opioid-free life that you deserve to be living.