Now Accepting Suboxone Patients
How It Works and Is It Safe?
How Suboxone Treatment Works
Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone as its active ingredients. This medication is classified as a partial opioid agonist.
Buprenorphine, one of Suboxone’s ingredients, is designed to stimulate the same receptors in the brain that opioids do, however, an uncoordinated high is not produced when taking this medication. When buprenorphine makes its way into a person’s system, it blocks these opioid receptors, which allows an individual to experience reprieve from withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings that often accompany the cessation of opioid use.
Naloxone, Suboxone’s other ingredient and one that is different from buprenorphine, is an opioid agonist. More commonly referred to as an “opioid blocker,” naloxone reverses the dangerous effects that opioids can have on the body. Therefore, when an individual uses Suboxone, he or she no longer grapples with the uncomfortable and upsetting withdrawal symptoms that come with ending opioid use. Additionally, an individual is freed from the cravings that tend to overpower his or her desire to get sober.
Immense research has shown that Suboxone is effective and safe when utilized in a medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction.
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The Effectiveness of Treatment
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Suboxone is effective is treating addictions to and dependencies upon opioids, and extensive research has proven its effectiveness. Those who include Suboxone into their medication assisted treatment plans rave over the fact that their withdrawal symptoms and cravings are dramatically decreased. Unlike other opioids, Suboxone does not cause feelings of euphoria to manifest, which makes the likelihood of abuse to be incredibly low. Should an individual attempt to take more Suboxone than prescribed, he or she will be unable to achieve the same high that he or she would if he or she were abusing opioids like OxyContin or Vicodin.
Whether or not Suboxone is the medication for you will be decided by both you and your provider. However, keep in mind that studies show that when this medication is incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan, individuals are better able to obtain mental clarity so they can continue working towards a successful recovery.