When you’re fighting an opioid addiction, whether it’s prescription painkillers or street drugs, Suboxone® is a powerful tool in your arsenal. At Oasis Recovery in Nashua, Bedford, and Concord, New Hampshire, James Mirazita, MD, and his team, use Suboxone in recovery and relapse prevention programs to help you fight addiction successfully. Call Oasis Recovery or schedule a consultation online today to find how Suboxone can help you.
Suboxone is the brand name of prescription medication for opioid addiction. It combines buprenorphine and naloxone; two ingredients that work together to block your opiate receptors and reverse the effects of opioids. Together they reduce your urges and withdrawal symptoms and eliminate any high or euphoric feelings.
In addition to Suboxone, the team at Oasis Recovery also use Revia®, the brand name of naltrexone. Naltrexone is another opioid agonist that can help control the physical symptoms of addiction.
When you use opiates, they fill and stimulate the opiate receptors in your brain, blocking pain and triggering relaxed, happy feelings.
However, when the drugs wear off, the receptors in your brain want to be filled and stimulated. They react by causing intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms to make you use drugs again.
Suboxone, and other opioid agonist drugs, fill the opiate receptors in your brain, providing enough stimulation to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Suboxone should provide the mental clarity and energy you need to focus on other aspects of your recovery.
There are a few phases of Suboxone treatment. You have frequent appointments with the team at Oasis Recovery while you take Suboxone.
You need to be in the early stages of withdrawal to start the first induction phase of treatment. The team at Oasis Recovery provides your first dose while you’re in the office, and they can monitor your response to treatment and fine-tune your prescription.
During the stabilization, the second phase, the team works with you to find the perfect dose. You need to make sure that you share any cravings or other symptoms with the team so they can adjust your Suboxone dose. You also begin other parts of your recovery program, including counseling and peer support groups.
Once you and your doctor stabilize your condition, you enter the maintenance phase. On average, the maintenance phase lasts 12-18 months, although everyone has different needs, and your treatment program lasts as long as needed.
Finally, when you and your provider are confident that you can continue your recovery without Suboxone, you taper your dose until you don’t take any medicine to support your sobriety.
Call Oasis Recovery or book an appointment online today to learn how Suboxone can fit into your treatment plan.