Opioid Dependence Treatment with Suboxone
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting.
The primary active ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine was introduced in Europe during the mid-90s and has been available as Suboxone in the United States since 2003. To date, more than 500,000 opioid-dependent patients worldwide have been treated with Buprenorphine.
What is the goal of treatment?
Through this treatment, people who are dependent on opiate based drugs receive comprehensive multidisciplinary outpatient treatment in order to offer the support they need to stabilize and improve their health, relationships, finances and overall quality of life.
HOW IT WORKS:
The Suboxone Treatment Program is made up of four phases. Each patient’s individual situation dictates how long he/she in the program.
Phase One: INDUCTION
Induction transitions the patient from their opioid of dependence (heroin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Methadone, etc.) to Suboxone.
Phase Two: STABILIZATION
Patients have weekly appointments and urine screens during stabilization. Patients are in counseling and meeting with their Segue Clinic physician provider as often as needed to arrive at medical stabilization.
Phase Three: MAINTENANCE
During maintenance the focus is on continued participation in counseling, relapse prevention, sobriety from all inappropriate substance use, and harm reduction.
Phase Four: MEDICAL WITHDRAWAL
When a patient is ready, they are weaned off their Suboxone dose in incremental dosage decreases over a period of several months.
What are the side effects of Suboxone?
Buprenorphine’s opioid effects are limited compared with those produced by other drugs such as oxycodone or heroin and, when taken properly, Suboxone can help a patient:
- Reduce their illicit opioid use.
- Suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
- Decrease cravings for opioids.
- Stay in treatment.
- Suboxone also has a lower potential for fatal overdose (when taken in the absence of other drugs) and, as a result, Suboxone can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medication for other medical conditions.
Is Suboxone right for me?
To find out if Suboxone is right for you, please call or drop by Segue Clinic to obtain further information and book an intake assessment. For more information regarding Suboxone, please feel free to visit the manufacturer’s website at www.suboxone.com