Suboxone Medication Therapy for Addiction Recovery in San Francisco
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone contains Buprenorphine and Naloxone. It’s a medicine that is used to treat opiate dependence, and it can be useful in helping to alleviate the unpleasant effects associated with opioid detox, particularly in the early stages. It’s also useful for relapse prevention and encouraging long-term abstinence.
Like heroin, Buprenorphine is also an opioid agonist, but unlike such dangerous and addictive substances, it is much milder and can make the process of withdrawal more tolerable. It won’t give a full opioid effect when taken, so it doesn’t carry the same risk of abuse as methadone treatment can.
Naloxone works as an opioid receptor antagonist, which means that it neutralizes opioid overdose and the euphoric effects of more powerful opioids.
Suboxone medication comes with both a tablet and also a film that dissolves when placed under the tongue.
Is Suboxone treatment effective?
A study by Richard D. Blondell, MD, and colleagues suggests that it is. Subjects on an opioid discontinuation program or an opioid replacement program that included buprenorphine more likely to follow their treatment.
Suboxone benefits include:
- Reduced possibility of abuse
- More accessible
- Proven efficacy in treating opiate dependency
How long does the opiate-blocking action last with Suboxone?
Typical protection duration is around twenty-four hours, which is why most doctors suggest a once-daily dose of Suboxone, usually at the same time. Factors like metabolism, previous history, and the patient’s weight can affect the drug’s action, so it’s important to work with a doctor who can adapt the dose according to individual need.
How long does treatment last?
This depends on different variables like the length of the substance addiction, what type of narcotics are involved, the substance abuse history in the family, and the patient’s response to Suboxone therapy.
Are there any dangers associated with using Suboxone?
Suboxone can’t cure addiction, but as a partial opioid agonist, it is well-suited for long-term use to maintain recovery. Unfortunately, this does mean that patients are likely to develop some degree of opioid dependence are using it, and coming off will require tapering under medical supervision.
Suboxone should be used only as one part of a comprehensive approach to treatment, and then only under competent medical supervision.
All medications come with side effects of one sort or another, but Suboxone is a milder treatment with a slower onset than full-potency opioid agonists. This makes it much more difficult to abuse. When used in conjunction with Naloxone, addiction is very unlikely.