Making Recovery A Reality With Suboxone

June 10, 2016

 

Recovery from opiate addiction is one of the most difficult battles you may ever face. But recovery is possible and can be made more comfortable and manageable with the aid of certain medications.

While medications like methadone have been around for decades, there are newer medications that are also safe and effective for opiate detox such as Suboxone.

Suboxone Basics

Suboxone is a medication used to treat addiction to opiates such as:

  • Heroin

  • Morphine

  • Opium

  • Codeine

  • Oxycodone/Oxycontin

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

Suboxone affects the same regions of the brain as heroin and other opiates. It is a combination of two different drugs:

  • Buprenorphine – helps to reduce physical cravings while going through detox

  • Naloxone – a protective agent that helps prevent people from abusing the drug by causing immediate withdrawal symptoms if dissolved and injected

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment

There are many reasons to choose medically assisted detox, but the bottom line is Suboxone works. Suboxone has helped thousands of people overcome debilitating addictions to painkillers, heroin and other opiates.

Some of the benefits of Suboxone treatment include:

  • When taken as directed under medical supervision, Suboxone allows you to wean off drugs slowly, without the pain of a cold-turkey detox.

  • Suboxone lessens drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, allowing you to stop taking opiates and focus on your recovery. Withdrawal symptoms for opiate addiction may include shaking, depression, vomiting, racing heartbeat, bone and muscle pain, and severe diarrhea.

  • Suboxone makes it possible for you to be productive in your daily life – by working, going to school and/or caring for your family – while treating your drug addiction.

  • Suboxone can be taken in a doctor’s office, or over time, in the privacy of your own home, making it a convenient option for treating addiction.

  • Because of its unique formulation, Suboxone has a low risk of being abused and is unlikely to cause an overdose.

Finding Suboxone Treatment in Southern California

CRC Health Group offers medically assisted detox programs and outpatient addiction treatment in convenient locations all across Southern California. In the initial phase of Suboxone treatment, you will work closely with a doctor to find the right dosage of medication for your needs. Over time, you may choose to slowly diminish the dosage of Suboxone you take until medication is no longer needed to maintain your sobriety.

In addition to prescribing Suboxone, our clinic doctors and staff provide specialty programs, counseling and other forms of addiction treatment. Patients receive high-quality care for a fraction of the cost of many residential and inpatient addiction treatment programs.

Treatment for opiate addiction is a long-term process, but Suboxone and other medications can lead you back to health with minimal disruption to your life.

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