Medication-assisted treatment is the gold standard of care for treating opioid dependence. Overcoming addiction on your own can be difficult, and that’s why our team at MD M.A.T.T. Washington, DC is here to help you every step of the way.
We offer Suboxone treatment, which is a medication that helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms for those who are addicted to opioids. Our program is individualized to each patient, and we work closely with you to ensure that you’re on the right track to recovery. Through community, technology, and purpose, we help our patients overcome addiction and build healthier, happier lives. Contact our Suboxone treatment clinic at 202.933.5583 to learn more.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid dependence. It is a combination of two substances: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, which means that it activates the opioid receptors in the brain but does not produce the same high as other opioids. Naloxone is an antagonist, which means that it blocks the effects of opioids.
Suboxone is designed to be taken under the tongue, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. It is a long-acting medication, which means that it stays in the body for a longer period of time. This makes it an ideal treatment for those who are addicted to opioids because it can help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone alleviates intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for those in recovery to adhere to their treatment plans. Although Suboxone is not a cure for addiction, it can be a beneficial tool during recovery.
Suboxone binds to opioid receptors in the brain that are responsible for the pleasant effects of opioids. This will aid in the reduction of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. If you try to use illicit drugs while taking Suboxone, naloxone will counteract their effects. This can help prevent relapse.
How Suboxone Fits Into a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
While the physical symptoms of withdrawal and cravings can be alleviated with Suboxone, it is important to remember that addiction has underlying psychological causes. In order to fully recover, it is necessary to address these issues with counseling and make lifestyle changes.
Suboxone is just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In order for Suboxone to be effective, it must be combined with other forms of treatment, such as therapy and counseling.
During these counseling sessions, those in recovery learn about the triggers that led to their addiction and how to avoid them in the future. They also learn coping skills that can help them deal with stress and other emotions in a healthy way.
When it’s time to stop taking Suboxone, your doctor will work with you to slowly taper off the medication. This process is different for everyone, but it typically takes several weeks. This medication is safe and effective when used as directed by a doctor.