How It Works and Is It Safe?
Composed of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that is prescribed to patients who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids. However, buprenorphine will not cause individuals to experience the same feelings of disorientation and euphoria that typically result from opioid abuse. Instead, patients are able to go to work, drive, attend school, and participate in other activities without impairment. Naloxone is an opioid agonist (“opioid blocker”) that works by counteracting the effects that opioids have within the body. Suboxone provides patients with much-needed relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Extensive research has confirmed the safety of Suboxone when taken as prescribed within a licensed treatment facility under the supervision of trained medical professionals.
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone can progress toward recovery without experiencing cognitive impairments, as use of this medication will not cause disruptions or delay. In addition to providing relief from the physical symptoms linked to the abuse of opioids, Suboxone also provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to successfully focus on recovery.
The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment and Counseling
Opioid abuse can cause individuals to experience painful symptoms of withdrawal once use of the opioids has ceased. Many individuals find themselves trapped in a dangerous cycle of addiction for fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The use of Suboxone can provide patients with the ability to progress towards recovery without experiencing these painful symptoms, while also providing individuals with the mental clarity that will allow them to fully participate in the therapeutic components of treatment at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island.
Recovery from opioid dependency requires treatment for both the emotional and physical aspects of an addiction. At Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island patients take part in both individual and group therapy. Individual therapy allows patients to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in a safe and supportive setting. These sessions are designed to address and treat the underlying causes of a patient’s addiction in order to effectively lay the groundwork for a substance-free future. Individual sessions also provide the opportunity to work through any issues that may arise during the course of treatment. Group therapy is designed to bring patients together under the guidance of a counselor in order to openly discuss an array of topics in relation to addiction and recovery. These counselor-led sessions promote open and safe communication while allowing patients the opportunity to provide each other with the support and encouragement that is required in order for lasting recovery to occur.
How to Support Your Loved One during Medication Assisted Treatment
Before the loved ones of our patients are able to provide them with the appropriate support that they require, family and friends of those struggling with an opioid addiction must receive treatment of their own. The following are ways in which you can support your loved one as they navigate in their treatment:
- Learn more about Suboxone as well as the other treatment options available so that you understand what your loved one is experiencing within treatment.
- Talk to your loved one. Ask him or her about the effect of his or her medication, how therapy is progressing, and similar questions.
- Congratulate your loved one on all successes.
- Do not forget that lasting recovery takes time and may include setbacks along the way.
- Remain optimistic and share your hopefulness with your loved one as they progress in treatment.
- Obtain treatment of your own, if necessary, to address the impact that your loved one’s addiction has had on your life.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program
Making the decision to take part in the treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island is an extremely brave step toward lasting recovery. Patients are urged to keep the following in mind as they navigate through treatment:
- Adhere to all guidelines that are put in place by your treatment provider.
- Attend all scheduled appointments.
- Actively participate in individual and group therapy sessions
- Voice any questions that may arise during treatment. The dedicated addiction treatment professionals at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island are here to provide patients with the highest quality of care in order to increase the likelihood that lasting recovery will occur.
The Side Effects of Suboxone
Like many medications, the use of Suboxone can cause patients to experience side effects. The following side effects have been reported by patients who have been prescribed this medication:
- Generalized pain
- Low blood pressure
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Blurred vision
- Runny nose
- Coordination problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Back and abdominal pain
- Attention disturbances
Patients should notify their treatment team of any side effects that occur in order to ensure their progress and safety. Medications and dosages can be adjusted throughout the course of treatment if necessary.
Please contact Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Centers of Rhode Island today if you or someone you care for is battling an addiction to opioids. Our compassionate staff is here to assist you in achieving a life free from the dangers of addiction.