Suboxone is a medication that can significantly assist with the detoxification and continued sobriety of opiate addiction. Opiates include heroin, or strong painkilling medications such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, Actiq®, etc.
Opiates are incredibly addicting.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2008:
Approximately 2 million Americans were dependent on opioid prescription painkillers or heroin
An estimated 4.75 million people aged 12 and older misused prescription painkillers
Approximately 213,000 people used heroin.
Addiction to opiates can happen to anyone. Most of the time it starts with a painful injury or medical procedure or with recreational use at a party and grows quietly out of control, destroying the lives of those who need to escape the pain of living and feeling. It is an expensive and destructive habit, and it becomes almost impossible to quit without help because the withdrawal symptoms for opiates are severe and painful if the withdrawal process is unaided. Suboxone can help dramatically by treating the pain of withdrawal. Though Suboxone has some of same properties as other opiates, it has a very practical advantage of having a maximum effect, allowing opiate addicts to feel normal (or at least not withdrawing to the same degree), without feeling “high”. Even if the patient takes large quantities of Suboxone, it rarely produces a buzz, thus it removes the temptation to increase the dose. Taking other opiates in addition to Suboxone has little to no effect and can make the patient feel somewhat nauseated. Suboxone is a truly wonderful ally in the fight against addiction. Although it still requires dedication on the part of the patient to avoid relapse, Suboxone significantly improves the chances of quitting successfully, and if combined with therapy (to address the risks of relapse), can help lead to a permanently clean lifestyle.
Due to the nature of opiate addiction, very strict rules must be agreed to by the patient prior to being part of the Suboxone clinic.
We are licensed to prescribe Suboxone and to monitor treatment progress. Let us help break the chains of addiction.
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