What is Suboxone, exactly–and why are there Suboxone detox centers?
Suboxone is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. However, it must be mentioned that Suboxone contains buprenorphine–an opioid partial agonist. While Suboxone can safely help clients of detox centers withdraw from opioids, a few cases may eventually lead to a Suboxone addiction. Therefore, Suboxone detox centers may either be facilities offering Suboxone treatment to clients with opioid addictions or facilities specializing in dealing with clients who have misused Suboxone itself.
If you’re looking for a Suboxone detox center in Ohio, contact Midwest Detox Center. Call 833.647.0392 or reach out to our team online.
What Is Suboxone?
As mentioned above, including the FDA-approved Suboxone in opioid addiction treatment–as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which may include a structured “tapering off” process–is not at all uncommon.
Suboxone is a highly addictive medication. However, it’s also very difficult to misuse Suboxone. It’s not only a prescription drug, but it’s only made available during medical detox. It would be tough for people who are addicted to access Suboxone without it being part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan.
Suboxone contains two active ingredients:
- Buprenorphine: This opioid is the active ingredient. It can attach to the same brain receptors as other opioids do.
- Naloxone: This drug helps prevent opioid misuse by causing withdrawal signs and symptoms when the client takes other opioids.
While Suboxone doesn’t give clients the high associated with addictive opioids, their brains still believe it’s an opioid and react similarly. Many medical professionals prescribe the drug to treat opioid addiction because of this reaction–which allows Suboxone dosing to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms.
The FDA-approved drug comes in two forms: a tablet and a sublingual film, both of which dissolve in the mouth. Suboxone should never be taken without the guidance of a doctor that knows about a patient’s addiction history and other medical records.
How Does Suboxone for Opioid Addiction Help the Treatment Process?
While detoxing from Suboxone is uncommon, detoxing with Suboxone happens all the time–because the U.S. is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic.
MAT for clients with opioid addictions typically includes Suboxone doses because it activates a pain-blocking receptor in the brain and prevents clients from enjoying the effects of other opioids. A comprehensive MAT plan should combine a carefully-monitored medication schedule with other forms of care, such as counseling and regular primary care to keep a client’s mind and body in fighting health.
For some patients in recovery, taking Suboxone doses is not recommended. In fact, some patients don’t even benefit from any sort of MAT at all. Every client has a specific and unique set of needs, which is why it’s crucial for detox centers and other addiction treatment facilities to always customize treatment plans for each client.
What Can Clients Expect From a Suboxone Detox Program?
A client’s Suboxone-inclusive addiction treatment program should be customized based on their medical and addiction history. A client should expect the following:
- A thorough medical diagnosis and psychological evaluation
- Close monitoring of Suboxone doses and their response to the drug
- Adjustment of Suboxone dosage as the client stabilizes
- Daily therapy sessions to address trauma or co-occurring disorders
- Family counseling, education, and workshops to rebuild a more robust support system
- Support group meetings and check-ins to prevent relapses
- Other holistic activities, as recommended by health professionals
The average dosage of Suboxone may vary between four to 24 grams, and Suboxone treatment usually lasts between one to three weeks. Again, a medical professional should be managing any Suboxone-related treatment because withdrawal and detoxification from Suboxone can be quite challenging–especially for people already dealing with a pre-existing opioid addiction.
If this happens to you or someone you care about, don’t worry. Many Suboxone addiction treatment centers can assist in eliminating the drug’s dosage while addressing pre-existing opioid addictions safely.
Find Out More About Midwest Detox Center’s Programs and Services
Looking for a detox center in Ohio? Contact Midwest Detox Center by calling 833.647.0392 or reaching out to our team online.