A medication-assisted treatment plan, also known as MAT, involves the strategic use of medications in concert with therapy to provide a comprehensive approach to treating a substance use disorder. This can be accomplished with a variety of medications, but one of the brand-name medications used is Suboxone. To combat symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal, a Suboxone treatment may be prescribed by your medical team.
What Is Suboxone Treatment?
With the raging opioid abuse epidemic, Suboxone treatment programs have become more and more common. The New York Times has called the drug a “blockbuster” medication, but Suboxone is actually a combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist. Together, this medication has been billed as a safer alternative to methadone.
When used in conjunction with a variety of therapies, rehab, and skill-building workshops for sustainable recovery, and in a safe, professional facility like Liberty Health’s Suboxone and opioid detox clinic, which gives New Hampshire and greater New England residents the tools needed for recovery.
Blocking the Effect of Opioids
Suboxone is one of several medications used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) referred to as “opioid antagonists.” This is in direct opposition to a drug like heroin and oxycodone, which are opioid agonists. When you use opioids, the drugs activate a pain-blocking receptor in your brain, which in turn will alter what your mind processes as the feeling of pain and releases endorphins that simulate euphoria — the opioid effect. An opioid antagonist then, like Suboxone, works to stop these effects, manage your cravings, and reduce symptoms of withdrawal.
Not as Addictive as Methadone
Suboxone treatment has risen to prominence over methadone largely because Suboxone was developed with the express intention of fighting opioid addiction and designed specifically to have a lower risk of a developed dependency in users. Additionally, as far as side effects go, they tend to be physical and less intense mentally during a Suboxone treatment.
Available in Two Different Forms
Because the idea was to make it easy for people to take during their recovery, Suboxone comes in two different forms:
- Tablet, which you take orally and discreetly
- Sublingual film, which dissolves in your mouth and can be tapered into smaller doses which makes weaning off the medication easier
Both methods of Suboxone treatment at Liberty Health Services produce the same results, so the choice is between the patient and their medical team.
A Piece of Your Recovery Puzzle
Suboxone is not a cure-all treatment in and of itself, but it can be an option to help you overcome opioid addiction as a part of your medication-assisted treatment. Of course, your complete MAT plan combines a professionally supervised Suboxone treatment program with:
- Substance abuse counseling
- Holistic care to heal your body and mind
- Lessons on coping with temptation and developing a healthier lifestyle capable of promoting long-term recovery
A Suboxone treatment may not be the best fit for you and your situation. It is important to consult with the staff at Liberty Health Services to ascertain the best course of action in addressing and treating your specific addiction.
Explore Suboxone Treatment for Addiction at Liberty Health Services
If you or someone you love is in need of help in battling a dangerous addiction to opioids, Liberty Health Services can help. Our Suboxone treatment clinic in New Hampshire provides the tools for genuine, long-lasting recovery. Contact our Liberty Health Services using our secure online form or call us at 855.689.5685 today.