Addiction Med Treatment
Suboxone is a prescription medication specifically designed to ease detoxification from habit forming pain medications such as oxycodone, Oxycontin and Vicodin (hydrocodone), and addictive opiates like heroin. It offers those dependent on narcotic pain medicine and opiates a way to control the dependent behaviors and withdrawal symptoms associated with these drugs.
Dr. Overton provides treatment of opioid dependence in a professional, and non-judgmental office setting.
Outpatient treatment of opioid dependence using Suboxone provides a safe and effective way to detoxify from these medications without “cold-turkey” withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is part of a complete treatment plan that can include Behavioral Therapy, Support Groups, and Individual Counseling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication that is absorbed under the tongue (sublingual).
How does Suboxone work?
Suboxone binds to the opioid receptors in the brain so that withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be avoided.
What is the most common response to Suboxone?
Most patients experience a feeling of “liberation” from their habits when they begin treatment with Suboxone.
Is Suboxone safe?
Suboxone has a ceiling effect which makes it safe from overdose and makes it difficult to actually feel high or euphoric.
Can I become addicted to Suboxone?
Increased doses do not offer a “high,” therefore it is less likely to cause a physical dependence or further psychological dependence.
What is in Suboxone?
Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The naloxone is poorly absorbed when used as directed under the tongue— naloxone is added to Suboxone to discourage intravenous use.
Are there other benefits of Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is now FDA approved for use in pain management, so most pain issues can be alleviated simultaneously.
Does it work well for any kind of opioid?
You can use it to come off opioids of any type.
What else should I know about Suboxone?
It can relieve you and society from illegally obtaining opioids if this has been a problem.
You will need to be in mild to moderate withdrawal when starting Suboxone. This is to prevent the medication from causing acute withdrawal. The medication will take you out of withdrawal rather quickly so that you don’t have to experience most withdrawal symptoms.