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Treating opioid dependence: What is Suboxone?

Posted by Jennifer Dellasanta on Oct 20, 2017 9:53:17 AM

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Overcoming addiction is possible. With the variety of treatment options available for opioid dependence, patients are able to work towards recovery in a way that is tailored to their specific needs. Medication assisted treatment (MAT), the combination of counseling or behavioral therapy with the use of specialized, specific addiction medication, is one of the safest and most effective ways to recover from addictive substance use.

In this blog, we’ll cover Suboxone, a medication that is used to treat opioid dependence, including addiction to substances such as heroin.


Quick facts about Suboxone:

  • Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence.
  • Suboxone is used in conjunction with medication assisted treatment.
  • Suboxone has a lower potential for abuse because usage does not result in a high like that produced by opioids, such as heroin.
  • Suboxone can be prescribed by a physician.


What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence. It is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. This combination partially blocks opioid receptors in the brain which in turn prevents opioids from triggering a pleasure response, or high - one of the reasons substances such as opioids are so addictive.

Suboxone cannot be taken to achieve a high, which lowers the potential for abuse, and it can be prescribed by a physician, which makes it more readily available for patients who are seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorder.

How does Suboxone work?

Used in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program for Substance Use Disorder, such as medication assisted treatment, Suboxone can aid in the withdrawal from opioids and support recovery. Because it is a “partial opioid agonist” - meaning it produces an effect milder than that of other opioids and substances such as heroin - it prevents patients from feeling a high, making it easier to transition away from other, more addictive opioids and stop use altogether.

Is Suboxone right for me?

You should speak with your physician about using Suboxone to treat opioid dependence. If you have questions about whether Suboxone is right for you, you can contact one of our counseling centers in Central Florida, where we offer medication assisted treatment with Suboxone.

Medication assisted treatment with Suboxone in Central Florida

TTHI Counseling Center provides MAT with Vivitrol and Suboxone in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapy. We have counseling centers in Kissimmee, Longwood and St. Cloud where our caring team of mental health specialists can help you understand your symptoms as well as your options for treatment.

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Understand the symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Our free substance abuse eBook has everything you need to know about addictive substances, substance abuse, and treatment options available at our counseling centers.

Get started on the road to recovery.

Make an appointment at one of our counseling centers where our highly qualified practitioners include a psychiatrist, a physician, a psychologist, licensed mental health counselors and certified addiction professionals.

Our counseling centers in Florida provide medication assisted treatment with Suboxone medication free of charge to uninsured and underinsured patients. In addition to medication assisted treatment, we provide psychiatric medication management, psychiatric and psychological evaluations, as well as individual and group therapy sessions.

You can choose recovery today. We are ready to hear from you.


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