Opioid addiction and overdose claim the lives of thousands of people each year. Medications are one of the tools available to help stop the dependency that often fuels that addiction. One type of medication-assisted treatment is called Suboxone. How does Suboxone work to help a person stop using these drugs? At Symetria Recovery, we consistently work with individuals who are facing the inability to stop using drugs on their own using medication alongside comprehensive therapy. Learn more today about how our medication-assisted treatment program may be your key to long-lasting recovery.
How Does Suboxone Work to Stop Dependence?
So, how does Suboxone work? Suboxone is effective at reducing the symptoms of opioid addiction and withdrawal. It’s called a blockbuster type of medication. It’s made up of two drugs – buprenorphine, a type of partial opioid agonist, and naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist. Buprenorphine provides a very small dose of opioids to a person who has a strong addiction to opioids, usually to opioids that are much more powerful. Over time, it enables a person to be weaned off the more powerful opioid safely and while controlling the symptoms of withdrawal.
Suboxone also contains a pure opioid antagonist that excites the opioid receptor, the brain area that responds specifically to opioids and feels pleasure from their use. This component of the drug works to block or shut down that reaction. In some cases, it even works to reverse the effect that opioids have on a person. As a result, that high a person feels when using the drug is gone.
Recognize the Suboxone Side Effects
It’s critical to recognize the risks that come with the use of Suboxone. Specifically, this drug carries a risk of creating addiction itself. A person may use the drug consistently and even abuse it over time. If you use this medication and experience Suboxone side effects, it is probably time to seek treatment with Symetria Recovery.
Suboxone side effects include:
- Needing to use more of the drug instead of less due to cravings
- Experiencing pain or agitation when not using the drug
- Feeling the need to use Suboxone more often than prescribed
- Running out of the drug before you should
- Using Suboxone with other drugs or alcohol to increase the high you feel
Work closely with your doctor to minimize these risks. Use the drug only as directed, and don’t forget the benefits of combining medication-assisted treatment with therapy.
How Our Treatment Ensures the Best Outcome
Symetria Recovery uses medication-assisted treatment to help a person overcome addiction. However, it is not the only component of the treatment plan. We combine medication with psychiatry services. Our treatment team is present to manage behavioral health needs, medical needs, and psychiatric needs. It is this combination of support that may help you to stop using drugs for good and minimizes the risk of relapse.
With the use of these medications and treatments, it is possible to significantly reduce cravings and withdrawal, improve coping skills, and support a lifestyle of recovery. Your needs may be different from another person, but with a wide range of treatment options available and numerous therapies, you can see the recovery you need.
Learn about some of our programs, including:
- Outpatient treatment centers
- Intensive outpatient treatment programs
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment programs
- Relapse prevention programs
Let Symetria Recovery Support Your Health Recovery Today
With personalized, discrete, and evidence-based care, Symetria Recovery provides you with the best opportunity to heal from addiction damage. If you’re wondering how Suboxone works and whether it can help you, make an appointment with our team to discuss your options. What you’ll find is that our approach is one that makes it possible for you to succeed. Learn more by calling 855.282.4819 or connecting with our team now online.