Every addiction is unique, and it is important to choose a drug addiction treatment program that will meet your personality, needs, budget, and recovery goals. Unhealthy use of opiate and opioid drugs (such as heroin and prescription painkillers) are particularly difficult to overcome. A thorough review of recovery options can help you and your loved ones find the most effective treatment possible.
Opiate detox, inpatient opiate rehab, outpatient opiate drug treatment, and opiate medications like methadone and Suboxone are all options that may help recovery. Suboxone is the latest addition to the long list of available treatments for opiate drug treatment.
What is Buprenorphine?
Sometimes known as“bupe,” this treatment for opiate drug addiction usually comes in pill form. These pills often come as sublingual tablets that are taken according to a personalized schedule created by you and your medical team at The Canyon.
Usually, patients who are addicted to heroin or opioid-based prescription painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, hydrocodone, and codeine, immediately stop taking the addictive drugupon entrance to drug treatment and begin to take Subutex and Suboxone instead.
If you have been addicted to these powerful drugs and the fear of withdrawal symptoms has kept you from recovery, Suboxone may offer a solution. The buprenorphine in these medications “tricks” the body into thinking that your drug of choice is present, thus allowing you to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. After you are stabilized, you continue drug treatment and slowly decrease your buprenorphine dosage until you are no longer dependent upon anything.
Pros and Cons of Suboxone Treatment
As with all medications, Suboxone drug treatment also has some disadvantages. It is still a medication and if you prefer to break free from any kind of addiction immediately, then Suboxone may not be the way to go.
It is true that you may not be completely Suboxone-free by the time you leave drug treatment, even if you opt for an inpatient drug rehab program.
On the other hand, some initial studies on long-term use of Suboxone suggests that there are anti-depressant effects of the drug as well. The dosing schedule is also relatively easy to maintain as most don’t even have to take it every day. Additionally, you can’t abuse Suboxone, get high off of it or overdose on it like you can with some other opiate addiction maintenance or detox drugs, like methadone.
Suboxone Versus Methadone Maintenance
There are two choices in medical treatment for opiate addiction: methadone and buprenorphine. Both can be used in the short-term for opiate drug addiction treatment and detox, tapering off the dose over a period of time so that you remain as comfortable as possible until you are no longer physically addicted. Both are also used as a long-term form of addiction maintenance.
A number of other factors, as well, will come into play in choosing your medical drug treatment. If you have questions about whether Suboxone or methadone may be options for you or your loved one, contact us at The Canyon today.
Rehab at The Canyon
The Canyon offers a number of opiate drug addiction treatment options including medical detox and Suboxone treatment. If you have questions about Suboxone or would like to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one specifically, contact us at The Canyon today.