First Step Recovery Center
Addiction Medicine & Substance Abuse Treatment located in Reynoldsburg, Marion, Lancaster, and Columbus, OH
Roughly 2 million people in the United States are addicted to opioids, a dependence that can have deadly consequences. If you’re wrestling with chronic pain and are currently in an opioid addiction treatment program, or you’re ready to begin your recovery, Suboxone® treatment can safely relieve your pain without causing a relapse. The caring team at First Step Recovery Center in Reynoldsburg, Marion, Lancaster, and Columbus, Ohio, uses Suboxone as part of responsible personalized treatment programs for patients who are in recovery. To learn more about how Suboxone can aid your recovery, call the office, or book online today.
Suboxone Q & A
Why do I need Suboxone treatment?
Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the US. On a given day, over 130 people die from an opioid overdose, which is why it’s so important to recognize when you have an addiction early on.
Suboxone is a modern solution for resolving opioid dependence. You may benefit from Suboxone treatment if you:
- Have to take painkillers every day
- Take more than the recommended dose of your opioid medication
- Find that even the strongest opioids don’t have the same effect
It’s particularly important to seek help if you find that you have to mix different substances — such as alcohol and painkillers — to obtain the euphoric effect you desire. These types of behaviors can be detrimental to your health and can even become life-threatening.
How does Suboxone treatment work?
Suboxone is administered sublingually as a film that dissolves under your tongue. It contains two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. These medications are similar to opioids, but they don’t produce the same euphoric effect and aren’t as addictive.
By combining buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone mitigates withdrawal symptoms and helps prevent relapse during recovery from opioid use disorder.
Like full opioids, Suboxone interrupts pain signals that travel to your brain via your nervous system. Therefore, Suboxone provides pain relief without euphoria and the danger of becoming physically addicted. Using Suboxone as part of your recovery from opioid addiction won’t cause relapse or interfere with your recovery in any way.
Does Suboxone produce any side effects?
Suboxone is considered safer than opioid medications, but it can produce some side effects. Some of the most common side effects of Suboxone include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Irregular heartbeat
More serious side effects, including allergic reactions, are possible, but they are rare.
How long do I need Suboxone treatment?
Early in your Suboxone treatment from First Step Recovery Center, you may start off on a higher daily dosage of Suboxone. The goal is to gradually reduce your dosage and the frequency with which you take it over time.
How long you need Suboxone is determined on a case-by-case basis. First Step Recovery Center’s goal is to help you recover from opioid dependence and to lower your risk of relapse. Your Suboxone treatment plan may be as short as a few months, up to a year or more.
To learn more about treating opioid addiction with Suboxone, call First Step Recovery Center or request an appointment online today.
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