What is Buprenorphine and How Does it Treat Opioid Dependence?
Suboxone®, a brand-name drug containing buprenorphine and naloxone, is one of the most effective and commonly used buprenorphine medications for treating opioid addiction. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002, it is at the forefront of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence. That’s why, at Symetria Recovery®, we use buprenorphine therapy as part of our individualized treatment plans for patients. While other opioid withdrawal treatment facilities take a narrow approach to addiction, we take a comprehensive approach to care. While this narrow approach may sound easier, it has been proved to rarely work with patients relapsing and having to start over again. Our evidence-based strategy, known as the Symetria Method®, combines a variety of therapies and treatments in order to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient. Your success in taking control of your life is our focus and our shared goal with you. As part of that approach, we include physician-supervised Suboxone® treatment to control and ultimately eliminate withdrawal and cravings.
Suboxone® can be administered as a sublingual film — a small strip of medicated film applied inside the cheek or under the tongue, where it continues to release a steady dose until replaced. The medication binds to the same receptors that are activated by opioids, thereby blocking or minimizing their effects in the body.
Suboxone® is typically the first medication a patient at Symetria Recovery® receives to reduce and eliminate the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxification. It’s designed to alleviate the burden of withdrawal symptoms for patients, so that they’re freed up to focus more fully on recovery.
How Does It Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms?
The unique pharmacological properties of Suboxone® enable it to reduce symptoms encountered during opioid withdrawal treatment. When initiated in a state of mild to moderate withdrawal, Suboxone will relieve your symptoms. Many patients state that they feel “normal” after initiating the medication. The long-lasting nature of Suboxone allows most patients to take it just once a day freeing you up to live your life.
What Suboxone® Side Effects Can I Expect?
Any time you take a new drug, you may potentially be subject to side effects. While every patient is different, typical Suboxone® side effects can include nausea and vomiting, muscle aches, cravings, insomnia, irritability and/or fever. Under the supervision of skilled clinicians at Symetria Recovery®, you won’t have to deal with them alone. Because we’re familiar with buprenorphine, our physicians and professionals pay close attention to your overall health and are able to advise on the best strategies for dealing with side effects.
Medication-Assisted Treatment At Symetria Recovery®
Repeatedly shown to provide the best method for treating opioid dependency, MAT significantly outperforms other forms of opioid treatment, such as those that rely on counseling alone. When used as part of a comprehensive program such as The Symetria Method®, it yields proven success rates higher than the industry average. At our treatment centers, medication is dispensed on Day One, immediately improving withdrawal reactions. This frees up patients to focus on treatment in a safe, confidential environment. If you’re looking for a buprenorphine clinic or experienced buprenorphine doctors, Symetria Recovery® is the right place.
Buprenorphine medications used by Symetria Recovery® include:
Other medications used by Symetria Recovery® include:
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) serves two critical purposes in treating patients for opioid addiction:
- It makes withdrawal and detoxification much more comfortable, allowing a for a smoother recovery.
- It helps keep cravings under control, which reduces the risk of relapsing after detoxification and treatment.
Get Help Fighting Opioid Addiction Today
If you’ve been worried about a loved one, or if you’re concerned about the way you use your pain medication, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible for help. To take the first step, contact us online or call (888) 782-6966 right away.