Suboxone treatment is one of the most common forms of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). If you’ve battled substance use disorder for any length of time, you know that withdrawal symptoms and persistent cravings are, without question, two of the most difficult elements of the disease. You want desperately to stop using; but the pain and sickness of withdrawal is just too much, and the only thing that feels right or normal is to give in to your cravings. You swear that if you could just a have little bit of relief from these crippling effects, that you’d be able to incrementally curtail your opioid use; medications like Suboxone are meant to help opioid users in precisely this predicament.
Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) is one of the select few medications approved for the long-term treatment of opioid addiction. Administered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, alongside other treatment elements like detox and counseling, Suboxone detox has helped countless patients successfully manage their opioid addiction and gradually cease their use.
Recovery Unplugged is a trusted, established and reputable provider of Suboxone for eligible clients. Part of this distinction safely, responsibly and pragmatically guiding clients through the process. Suboxone detox regimens must be closely monitored by an approved doctor or nurse practitioner who must undergo significant training and certification before being approved to prescribe the drug. Current regulations cap the number of patients to whom a single medical professional can simultaneously prescribe Suboxone® at 275; however, restrictions apply to this number.
The bottom line is that, while Suboxone does carry a certain amount of risk, responsible monitoring of dosage and frequency can drastically decrease these risks. There are many who have fallen victim to addiction to this drug and have ended up needing Suboxone rehab. Detoxing from Suboxone is similar to detox from other opioids. Talk to your physician about a Suboxone treatment plan.
While each patient’s Suboxone detox and treatment will vary according to their care needs and dependency, the Suboxone timeline generally consists of three stages:
Patients begin their treatment under the close supervision of their prescribing healthcare provider. First-phase Suboxone patients must be in a state of moderate withdrawal and work with their physicians to determine a dose that is safe and effective for their care needs and physiology.
Maintenance begins when patients are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms, side effects or intense cravings. In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all of the elements in your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling in addition to Suboxone detox.
The decision to discontinue Suboxone use should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan and approved by patients’ treatment provider. It is important that you work with your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant to determine when the time is right to slowly lower your dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Patients should consult their doctor about effects and symptoms before making any changes to their dosage.
Suboxone treatment is generally reserved for patients who have suffered with persistent and unaddressed opioid abuse; have tried other forms of heroin or opioid treatment; or are suffering lingering and intense withdrawal symptoms as a result of their detox. It is not meant to replace or supplant any additional elements of treatment such as clinical detox, behavioral rehab or counseling.
As is the case with other types of prescription medication, Suboxone is an opioid-based medication, so there is an inherent potential for diversion and abuse. While there are multiple safeguards in place to restrict access and make the drug more difficult to misuse, the reality is that some Suboxone users do develop dependency issues. When your or your loved one’s Suboxone use has escalated to the point of dependency, Recovery Unplugged is ready to offer comprehensive treatment, the same way we would for other types of opioid-based medications. We’re committed to the safe, responsible and prudent administration of Suboxone to eligible clients, as well as the comprehensive treatment for those who become dependent on it.
Recovery Unplugged clients maintain long-term recovery (one year or longer) at a rate of four times the national average.
Our clients experience early AMA (against medical advice) discharges at a rate five times lower than the treatment industry average.
Nearly all Recovery Unplugged clients report a positive, rewarding and fulfilling treatment experience and say they’d recommend our programs to others who need help.