Suboxone Addiction TreatmentCorona, CA
Suboxone® treatment can help many patients deal with symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal. It can even help lower the risk of fatal overdoses. Suboxone treatment uses a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone to prevent opiate cravings and blunt intoxication.
Suboxone treatment is available at Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care in Corona and the surrounding area. We will take the necessary steps to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We are here to aid in your recovery. Call us today at 951-272-5900 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.
Understanding Suboxone Treatment
Suboxone is a brand-name prescription drug that consists of a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It may be part of a type of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help users recover from opioid dependency and addiction. MAT is the use of FDA-approved medications in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a patient with a holistic approach to addiction treatment and recovery.
It is important to note that these medications are not replacing one addiction for another. When appropriately used, they can relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce the cravings that induce chemical imbalances in the patient's body. All medications used in MAT for opioid treatment are only available through an opioid treatment program (OTP) certified through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Suboxone treatment may help patients who are dependent on both short-acting opioids (e.g., codeine, heroin, and morphine) and semi-synthetic opioids (e.g., oxycodone and hydrocodone).
How Suboxone Treatment Works
The buprenorphine in Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it activates the brain's opioid receptors to a lesser degree than full agonists (such as methadone). In action, this means that buprenorphine has a "ceiling effect" when it comes to increasing intoxication — preventing the patient from experiencing potentially addictive euphoria and lowering the risk of misuse.
The naloxone in Suboxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the activation of opioid receptors. Naloxone is also known as Narcan®, a drug commonly used on its own to save individuals from opioid overdoses. However, it serves no such purpose in Suboxone unless crushed or otherwise manipulated, which further deters abuse. Suboxone is typically taken once daily as a tablet or dissolvable film under the tongue.
Preparing for Suboxone Treatment
Patients who are considering starting MAT should begin by discussing treatment options with their provider. The initial consultation will cover the pros and cons of medication, along with treatment expectations. Before starting treatment, patients will have to undergo a physical exam and some lab tests. The treatment team will then review instructions for the patient's induction (first one to three days of treatment). They will also determine the necessary follow-up plans for stabilization and maintenance. It is vitally important to the treatment's success that patients are open and honest to their treatment team about their drug use.
What to Know About Suboxone Treatment
For many patients, Suboxone treatment can be the final step they need to take to recovery. However, there are still some potential complications that patients should be aware of, despite all the possible benefits. Though serious side effects from Suboxone are rare, they may still occur. Patients should call their healthcare provider immediately if they believe they are experiencing severe side effects or call 911 if they believe they are undergoing a medical emergency. Serious side effects may include, but are not limited to, abuse and dependence, breathing problems, coma, hormone problems (adrenal insufficiency), liver damage, severe allergic reaction, and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Learn More Today
Suboxone treatment plays a vital role in many patients' recovery from opiate addiction. We at Medicross Clinic and Urgent Care may be able to help. Dr. George Chidi, MD, and our team will explain the details of this treatment while helping the patient understand the follow-up care routine. Call us today at 951-272-5900 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it easy to overdose on Suboxone?
No. Suboxone can only partially activate the opioid receptors, meaning there is a lesser risk of slowed breathing than with narcotics. Overdosing on Suboxone alone is not impossible, but it is extremely difficult. Our team will take the proper steps to make sure you have the safest experience possible.
Can I get Suboxone treatment if I am not also getting therapy?
Yes. Ideally, one's addiction recovery plan should involve a combination of SAMHSA-approved medication and therapy to address any underlying contributing factors to addiction. However, for many patients, this is not always possible. Undergoing one treatment is better than undergoing none at all.
How long can I take Suboxone?
Suboxone treatment does not have to be a lifelong commitment. Patients can take Suboxone both on a short-term and long-term basis. For many patients, long-term Suboxone treatment can assist in maintaining sobriety and lessen the risk of relapse. Our team can help determine the recovery plan that is right for you.
When can I start Suboxone treatment?
Many patients make the mistake of starting Suboxone too soon, which can trigger something known as precipitated withdrawal. During precipitated withdrawal, patients experience a rapid onset of withdrawal symptoms. To avoid this, patients should not start treatment until they begin experiencing opioid withdrawal. This indicates that the opioid has left the bloodstream and that Suboxone is safe to administer.
Will my insurance cover my Suboxone treatment?
Most health insurance providers have policies that cover Suboxone treatment. Speaking directly to your insurance representative is the best way to know what you should expect to pay.
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