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An opioid addiction is a chronic disease that requires a comprehensive program that includes medication and therapy to support recovery and prevent relapse. At Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii, the team of medical and mental health professionals offers Suboxone® treatment to support the treatment of an opioid addiction. The prescription medication helps control cravings and withdrawal symptoms to reduce the risk of relapse. To learn more about Suboxone treatment and how it may help you or someone you love, call the office in downtown Honolulu or book an appointment online today.
Suboxone is a prescription medication for the treatment of opioid dependence, also known as opioid addiction. You take the medication sublingually, which means it dissolves in your mouth under your tongue. It’s available in film or tablet form.
The medication contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. For opioid dependence, it blocks the opioid receptors in your brain to reduce cravings.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. In Suboxone, the naloxone helps prevent misuse of the medication. It’s only activated when a person injects the medication instead of taking it as prescribed.
Naloxone blocks the opioid receptors in the brain, causing immediate withdrawal symptoms.
The team at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. offers Suboxone treatment for adults struggling with opioid dependence. They only prescribe the medication for patients who participate in their comprehensive opioid treatment program, which includes counseling and behavioral therapy.
Medication and therapy is the most effective treatment for an opioid addiction.
Suboxone treatment occurs in phases. During the first phase, your provider at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. gives you a low dose of Suboxone to help control your opioid withdrawal symptoms and initial cravings.
You must stop taking your opioid medications prior to starting the first phase of your Suboxone treatment. If you have opioids in your system, it triggers the release of naloxone and you experience severe opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Once your withdrawal symptoms are under control, you start the next phase of your Suboxone treatment. During this phase, your provider slowly increases your Suboxone dose to find the dose that best alleviates your cravings and compulsions for the drug.
Once you find the right dose, you enter the maintenance phase of your Suboxone treatment.
The length of your Suboxone treatment depends on your needs and goals. You can continue on Suboxone for the rest of your life, if needed.
However, if you decide you no longer need Suboxone to manage your opioid addiction, the team at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. develops a plan to wean you off the medication.
Suboxone treatment supports your opioid addiction recovery. Call Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. or book an appointment online to learn more about their Suboxone treatment program.