Narcotics (opioids) addiction is an epidemic claiming almost two-thirds of drug overdoses in the United States and around 90 lives daily.
Narcotic addiction results from the illicit use of opiates. When used correctly, prescription narcotics can make post-surgery or severe injury pain more manageable by reducing perceptions of pain. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioids, dependence grows quickly.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to Opioids, illicit or prescription. It contains the ingredients Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine, a partial Opioid agonist, blocks the Opiate receptors and reduces a person’s urges. The second ingredient, Naloxone, helps reverse the effects of Opioids. Together, these drugs work to prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with Opioid addiction.
Unlike other Opioid replacement medications that require a specialized treatment center, Suboxone can be prescribed by a licensed provider who can help you customize a personalized treatment plan.
Suboxone helps you manage withdrawal symptoms, so it’s essential to have comprehensive treatment. Participating in counseling helps you target your underlying reason for Opioid use and learn new ways to cope with pain and stress. In addition, many people have comorbid psychiatric or medical conditions which may have led to their addiction or prevented them from achieving full recovery. A comprehensive assessment and treatment plan are essential for a successful outcome.
Uses Of Suboxone
The first phase of Suboxone use is the withdrawal phase, where symptoms are most uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Suboxone helps alleviate and potentially eliminate Opioid withdrawal symptoms. Under the supervision of your doctor, you will move from the withdrawal phase to the maintenance phase. Once treatment has been completed, your doctor may reduce your doses until you no longer need the medication.
How does Suboxone Help with Narcotic Dependence?
Suboxone can be used during different stages of treatment and offers a long-term solution for managing an Opioid addiction. When included as part of a comprehensive recovery plan, the medication eliminates Opioid cravings.
Since Suboxone is a depressant. Those who take the medication may experience the following:
- Pain relief
- Calmness and overall well-being
- Perceived fewer worries and reduced stress levels
Follow-up appointments with your prescribing provider are essential in ensuring a successful recovery while on Suboxone.
How Is Suboxone Administered?
Only licensed providers can write scripts for Suboxone. Be sure to follow your provider’s specific direction. Medication can be administered through the Suboxone Film or a tablet form.
Side Effects of Suboxone
Some of the symptoms caused by Suboxone can include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Stomach pain
- Low energy
Additionally, stopping treatment without consulting your provider may cause adverse effects and potentially lead to symptoms of Opioid withdrawal, such as:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Dilated pupils
- Feeling jittery
Contact your provider if you have any adverse event caused by Suboxone treatment.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)