Suboxone® is vital to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs for people with substance use disorder. Mental health experts Scott Lane, FNP-C, Sean Leonard, PMHNP-BC, and their team at NuGen Wellness Center in Boise, Idaho, use Suboxone to help patients addicted to opioid drugs, including heroin and prescription painkillers. With their expertise, you can free yourself from the agony of addiction without suffering extreme withdrawal symptoms. To find out how Suboxone could help, call the NuGen Wellness Center office today or request an appointment online today.
Suboxone medication contains drugs called buprenorphine and naloxone. These substances help people with addictions to come off opioids such as heroin, oxycodone, and morphine.
In combination with talk therapies, suboxone therapy is a key part of NuGen Wellness Center’s MAT program.
The medicines in Suboxone help reduce your opioid dependence and ease the withdrawal symptoms that develop if you stop taking your chosen drug.
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, meaning you experience euphoric feelings like when taking opioids, but they’re less intense. Buprenorphine helps you overcome your physical dependence and manage your cravings.
When you take a dose of buprenorphine, its effects increase at first until they reach a certain point, then they level off. Taking a higher dose won’t then make any difference. This results in a reduced risk of withdrawal side effects and means you’re less likely to misuse or become dependent on buprenorphine.
Suboxone also contains naloxone. This medication can quickly reverse an opioid overdose.
Suboxone is only available at practices like NuGen Wellness Center, where qualified mental health professionals have a buprenorphine waiver from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
When you attend a consultation, your provider assesses your suitability for the MAT program. MAT combines Suboxone with talk therapies and support services to give you the best chance of successful drug rehabilitation.
First, you must stop taking opioids for 12-24 hours before seeing your provider, so you’re in the early stages of withdrawal. This is the safest and most effective time to begin your treatment.
The NuGen Wellness Center team monitors you throughout your Suboxone treatment. They help you reduce opioid use until you no longer have cravings or other side effects. At this point, you enter the stabilization phase, where you might only need Suboxone alternate days rather than daily.
You attend regular drug counseling sessions at NuGen Wellness Center during these periods. If all goes well, you reach the maintenance phase, where you’re symptom-free. However, addictions can return unless you’re vigilant. Your provider can help you get through difficult times so you avoid further substance misuse problems.
Call NuGen Wellness Center or book an appointment online today to see if Suboxone treatment could help with your addiction.