Suboxone Treatments

Dr. Turk and her Nurse Practitioners are certified in Suboxone

What is Suboxone Addiction Treatment?

Suboxone has been called a "blockbuster" medication with the potential to reduce symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal. This medication, however, gave a dark side, and Suboxone addiction is a real problem. Medical detox is the first step in a Suboxone addiction treatment program, and it should be used in conjunction with therapy and followed by aftercare support.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication used in treating those addicted to opioids, illegal or prescription. It contains the ingredients of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, blocks the opiate receptors and reduces a person's urges. The second ingredient, naloxone, helps reverse the effects of opioids. Together, these drugs work to prevent withdrawal symptoms associated with an opioid addiction.

How Does Suboxone Help Addiction Treatment?

Suboxone can be used during different stages of treatment and offers a long-term solution for managing an opioid addiction. When included as part of a comprehensive recovery plan, the medication eliminates opioid cravings altogether. Since Suboxone is a depressant, it slows you down rather than speeding you up like a stimulant. Those who take the medication may experience:

  • Pain relief

  • Calmness and overall well-being

  • Perceived fewer worries and reduced stress levels

  • Relaxation

How is Suboxone Administered?

Only a doctor can write scripts for Suboxone. Be sure to follow your doctor's specific directions during each dose. Medication can be administered through the Suboxone Film or tablet form. If you are using the Suboxone Film, you will need to place it under your tongue in order for it to deliver the right amount of medicine. While the film is dissolving, it's important to remember.

  1. Do not chew or swallow the film. This can cause the medicine not to work as well.

  2. Do not talk while the film is in your mouth. This may also affect how the medicine is absorbed in your body.

Side Effects of Suboxone

Although used to help manage opiate abuse, it's important to know Suboxone can lead to dependence. Those most likely to develop a dependence on the medication include:

  • Individuals with a current or previous problem in abusing narcotics

  • Individuals unaware of the potential dangerous side effects

  • Individuals addicted to heroin, looking to avoid any withdrawal

Additionally, you should not discontinue taking Suboxone without talking to your doctor first. Stopping treatment immediately can cause adverse effects and potentially lead to symptoms of opioid withdrawal, such as:

  • Joint, muscle pain

  • Irritability

  • Dilated pupils

  • Insomnia

  • Feeling jittery

  • Diarrhea

Contact our office if you experience any negative side effects that may be associated with Suboxone. Some of the symptoms caused by Suboxone can include:

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Vomiting

  • Sweating

  • Stomach pain

  • Low energy

  • Headache

How can we help you?

In order for us to treat you, you join a counseling program in conjunction with our Suboxone Treatment Program. We will be in communication with this counseling program. Those of you who don't know where to begin, our preferred counseling addiction program is Gateway, but others will be accepted. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact our office at (815) 436-1655 for additional information.

Suboxone has made a number of headlines for being a game-changing drug that can turn the clock back on a heroin addiction.