For those struggling with opioid addiction, Suboxone® can be an effective aid in helping to establish long-term recovery. At Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic in Houston, Texas, Lucas Egebe, PMHNP-BC, DNP, provides Suboxone to help address the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. To learn more about Suboxone, call the office or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.
If your loved one is struggling with opioid abuse, there are several signs and symptoms you may notice. These include:
Opioid addiction is dangerous and requires a combination of pharmaceutical therapies, talking therapies, and support programs for effective treatment.What is medication-assisted opioid treatment?
Withdrawal and relapse are two of the major hindrances to recovery. In many cases, withdrawal symptoms and cravings make it impossible to abstain from opioid use. Many different opioids can result in withdrawal symptoms, including:
Medication-assisted treatment helps support recovery by reducing the physical and emotional effects of withdrawal.
Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) is a medication commonly used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone is used at the start of some treatment programs to address withdrawal symptoms as well during continued treatment to prevent relapse.
Symptoms of opioid withdrawal can begin within a couple of hours after abstaining from drug use and can last for a few days to a few months. Symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:
Opioid withdrawal comes with both short and long-term symptoms. Suboxone helps relieve symptoms and makes the recovery process more comfortable.How is Suboxone effective?
The long-term effects of opioid withdrawal last way after rehab. Patients can experience emotional symptoms for up to two years after the initial physical effects of withdrawal. The period after rehab is when you’re most susceptible to relapse. Suboxone helps eliminate the long-term effects of opioid withdrawal and eliminate cravings.Is Suboxone addictive?
Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, which work together to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and reverse the depressing effects of opioids on the lungs and central nervous system. Buprenorphine works by producing similar effects to opioids, tricking the brain into thinking its craving has been met. Although buprenorphine produces similar effects to opioids, it’s not addictive like heroin, morphine, and other opioids.
Although Suboxone can be an effective aid in recovery, it isn’t right for everyone. To learn more about treating opioid addiction with Suboxone maintenance, book an appointment at Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic by phone or use the online booking tool today.