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What You Need to Know About Suboxone Treatment

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If you have an opioid addiction, you might want to know more about the medication known as Suboxone. Getting over an addiction to heroin or a prescription opioid is hard — that is well-known and is a sad fact associated with opioid use disorders. Fortunately, there are many new treatment approaches today that can help individuals who are addicted to an opioid like heroin, oxycodone, or other opioid drugs. Medication-assisted treatment has become a conventional approach to treating opioid addiction. In the past, addiction specialists relied heavily on methadone to treat this type of addiction; however, more modern drugs offer support with fewer side effects. Suboxone is one such medication that is used to effectively treat opioid use disorder. If you have an addiction to heroin or a prescription opioid, you might benefit from Suboxone treatment. 

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leading addiction treatment center that offers top-quality opioid addiction treatment. We feature medication-assisted treatment as one of our treatment approaches. This type of treatment has become a crucial part of addiction management for some individuals. Not everyone is a candidate for Suboxone treatment, but if you are, Resurgence Behavioral Health can help. 

Our rehab center offers treatment for substance use disorders that includes evidence-based therapies and holistic treatments. We offer a full lineup of programs, including inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, medical detox, and aftercare. Our experienced clinicians are also equipped to provide dual diagnosis treatment and, of course, medication-assisted treatment. Let us help you put opioids behind you for good. A healthier future awaits you.

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Understanding Suboxone: What It Is and How It Works

Suboxone is a newer drug used to treat opioid use disorder. It works by targeting the opioid receptors located in a person’s brain. A person with an opioid addiction craves the drug; Suboxone satisfies this craving or, at least, greatly diminishes it once it targets those brain receptors. The result is that people feel less compelled to use the drug. Suboxone also reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms that would otherwise occur with detox. If a person uses an opioid while taking Suboxone, they are likely to feel quite ill, which also supports the recovery process. Suboxone can be abused, and some people will attempt to, but there is less risk of Suboxone abuse as compared with a medication like methadone. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist while methadone is a full opioid agonist. The result is that Suboxone is a safer medication for people addicted to opioids. 

The Role of Suboxone in Opioid Recovery

Suboxone can support the recovery process, but it is not a cure for opioid addiction. In fact, clinicians report that there isn’t a cure for substance use disorders; they can only be managed. In essence, the only practical cure for substance addiction is abstinence. If a person returns to using again, it’s considered a relapse and they’re vulnerable to the same cycle of drug abuse and addiction. 

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Clinicians today have many means for treating opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone is just one of them. Is this treatment ideal for everyone with an opioid use disorder? No. Many people do not want to rely on another drug for support. Others, however, greatly benefit from the reduced cravings that Suboxone helps manage. 

How Resurgence Behavioral Health Approaches Suboxone Treatment

Our clinicians believe in the benefits of Suboxone treatment. If clients can benefit from this type of medication, we can provide it. Our rehab center, however, is one that tailors treatment to the needs and preferences of our clients. We don’t insist on this form of therapy for clients who prefer other forms of therapy. We evaluate each client carefully so that we can recommend the ideal course of therapy for them. We can recommend Suboxone therapy when we believe it’s the best course. 

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction has been a game changer for many individuals who have an opioid use disorder. When clients feel fewer cravings to use the opioid they’re addicted to, they can more easily focus on their other treatments. Suboxone treatment can reduce opioid relapse rates, which are quite high. More than 80% of people with an opioid addiction will relapse at least once according to statistics. Suboxone helps people stay off opioids so that they’re less likely to relapse when their triggers return. Suboxone is also safer than full opioid agonists like Methadone. 

Addressing Common Misconceptions about Suboxone

Suboxone and other drugs used in medication-assisted treatment have been controversial. Opponents of using drugs to treat drug addiction are, however, quieter now than in the past because the medications largely do what they’re supposed to–prevent the individual from using drugs of abuse that are dangerous to their health. 

Integrating Suboxone Treatment with Holistic Recovery Methods

Medication-assisted treatment is not a stand-alone treatment at Resurgence Behavioral Health. We know that pairing this type of treatment works best when other therapies are also used. Suboxone is a medication that can reduce cravings, but clients still need help managing their triggers and transforming aspects of their lifestyle to support lasting recovery. Many holistic treatments are ideal for helping clients manage their stress or to cope better with their triggers. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we pair medically sanctioned treatments and holistic therapies to help clients build the strongest recovery foundation. 

Starting Suboxone Treatment: What Patients Can Expect

Generally, clients begin Suboxone treatment during medical detox, but medication-assisted treatment can occur at any point in the recovery process. Suboxone can help with the discomfort associated with opioid detox. Clients will also experience fewer cravings. As with any medication, people might experience side effects when taking Suboxone. Some common side effects include dry mouth and drowsiness. It’s important to tell your clinicians about any side effects that occur and if those effects are severe. 

When taking Suboxone, clients can expect to experience its effects relatively quickly. The drug quickly targets opioid receptors so that clients experience reduced cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Clients should also expect physicians to monitor their use of the medication closely as any drug can be abused. 

The Importance of Professional Guidance in Suboxone Treatment 

Suboxone treatment has become an important therapy in the pantheon of opioid addiction treatments. Clients find that it reduces the risk of relapse and helps them focus on their other therapies during rehab treatment. Is Suboxone treatment right for you? Visit Resurgence Behavioral Health so that our clinicians can evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment course for your needs. If this medication can benefit your recovery process, we will recommend it. 

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leading addiction treatment center. Clients enrolled in medical detox, inpatient treatment programs, or outpatient treatment programs may benefit from Suboxone treatment. Some people remain on the drug for an extended time period. Again, clinicians will individualize treatment to ensure that each person gets the best treatment for their needs. 

Contact Resurgence Behavioral Health today at 855-458-0050 to schedule a visit. We can discuss our enrollment process in detail. We can also acquaint you with the many treatment options we have to offer. Don’t put off treatment that could save your life. Let our addiction specialists help you manage your addiction successfully for the long term.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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