Subutex Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

Subutex, a prescription medication and opioid partial agonist-antagonist, is often used to help individuals struggling with an opioid dependency break free from the chains of use. The active ingredient of Subutex (buprenorphine hydrochloride) is used in medication assisted treatment programs to help cease withdrawal symptoms and the intense drug cravings that accompany an addiction to opioids, such as morphine, prescription pills, or heroin. Subutex is provided once daily via a dissolvable tablet that is placed on the tongue. In addition, Subutex helps individuals focus on their recovery, rather than suffering from the displeasing withdrawal effects and cravings that accompany the prolonged use of opioids.

Subutex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 and has since been used as one of the safest forms of treating opioid dependency. A number of studies have proven that using Subutex is drastically safer than continuing to abuse opioids, especially because Subutex does not cause organ damage like other opioids do. Also, Subutex will not cause an individual to experience any kind of high, therefore allowing people to focus on their recovery, as well as maintain a strong, positive presence in their lives and in the lives of others.

Like many other medications, Subutex can cause a number of side effects to occur. When taken under medical supervision, Subutex is considered safe. However, it is always important to discuss potential side effects with a treatment provider in order to be knowledgeable about what you are taking.

The Effectiveness of Subutex Treatment

Numerous studies have deemed Subutex highly effective for treating opioid dependence. Individuals who incorporate Subutex into their treatment report experiencing minimal cravings for opioids like morphine or heroin. In addition, individuals who have used Subutex have championed its effectiveness in helping curb unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Overall, when Subutex is included in a treatment plan for opioid dependence, a handful of positive outcomes are possible – all of which allow individuals to continue focusing on restoring their wellbeing.

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment Plus Counseling

Treatment that involves Subutex typically includes three separate treatment phases, as well as therapeutic interventions, to help the process of recovery continue in the right direction. When men and women take Subutex, they are likely to experience these phases:

Induction: This first phase of treatment, occurring after opioid abuse has stopped, is when an individual is first put on Subutex. At this point of the process, individuals are generally experiencing withdrawal.

Stabilization: Men and women are typically no longer experiencing withdrawal or struggling with drug cravings when they reach the stabilization phase. At this point, the dose of Subutex that an individual is taking can be increased or decreased based on an individual’s treatment needs.

Maintenance: Once an individual reaches the maintenance phase, he or she is considered stable and can begin talking with his or her physician to determine if he or she should begin tapering off of Subutex or transitioning to the use of another medication.

Throughout each one of these phases, it can be incredibly beneficial for an individual to simultaneously participate in counseling that can encourage him or her to begin processing his or her emotions, obtain coping skills that will help maintain sobriety, share successes and challenges that occur during recovery, and obtain support from professionals and peers. In addition, research has supported the fact that individuals who receive counseling in conjunction with medication assisted treatment are more likely to stay sober and avoid relapse.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Loved ones of an individual who is obtaining Subutex in a medication assisted treatment program can be an excellent source of support and encouragement for the individual throughout his or her recovery. It is important that, as a loved one of someone who is in this situation, you reach out for your own support and encouragement at this time. Having a loved one with an opioid addiction often leads to numerous negative impacts on your life. In addition, learning how to maintain an active role in your loved one’s recovery can not only help you develop a stronger sense of understanding of addiction itself, but also help you and your loved one restore your relationship.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: If you are interested in receiving help from a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes Subutex for an opioid addiction, there are a handful of ways that you can achieve success at this time:

  • Follow the treatment recommendations for the use of Subutex given to you by your provider.
  • Attend all of your individual and group therapy sessions, and stay engaged while there.
  • Discuss any concerns about Subutex that you might have while using it. Your provider is there to ensure that you are on the right dosage and, if you are not, he or she can adjust it.
  • Do not use other opioids while using Subutex.
  • Always talk to your provider if you begin struggling during your recovery and are fearful about your addiction resurfacing. He or she can provide you with additional resources that can help guide you through these issues.

The Side Effects of Subutex

Any time an individual takes a prescription medication, it is crucial that he or she speak with his or her physician to avoid any risks. Prior to beginning use of Subutex, discuss any food interactions, health conditions, and drug interactions that could potentially arise and threaten your physical or mental health. Also, be open and honest about all medications (including over-the-counter) that you are taking prior to beginning to use Subutex.

In addition, those who start taking Subutex must be made aware of the possible side effects of use, which occur more often when a dosage is increased.

Most common side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Infections
  • Headache
  • Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Back pain
  • Pain

Fairly common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Runny eyes
  • Nervousness
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms

Less common side effects:

  • Upset stomach
  • Fever
  • Abscesses
  • Accidental injury

At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are always willing to talk more about the treatment we provide and answer all questions that you and your loved ones may have in regards to Subutex. Do not wait any longer. Call us today to get started on the road to recovery.

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