Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication that is designed to treat opioid addiction during Medication Assisted Treatment. The Drug Detox and Intensive Outpatient programs at Mountainview Recovery utilize Suboxone medication. Suboxone has two ingredients: the opioid buprenorphine and the medication naloxone. The combined effects of these two ingredients reduce cravings for addictive opioids such as heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Suboxone must be prescribed at a Suboxone Clinic.
People who are undergoing treatment for opioid addiction usually take Suboxone to manage withdrawal while they detox from opioids. Afterwards, they often continue to use the medication to control cravings and withdrawal while they progress through therapy and rehab. Suboxone is not meant to be a cure for opioid addiction, but rather a helpful part of the recovery process.
In the United States, Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, a drug which has medical value yet also carries moderate risks for addiction. As a result, only a Suboxone Clinic that receives certification from the Department of Health and Human Services may prescribe Suboxone. The medication is manufactured as dissolvable films and tablets.
(MAT) is the use of Suboxone medication in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders. A combination of medication and behavioral therapies is effective in the treatment of substance use disorders and can help some people to sustain recovery. Integrated treatment planning that includes substance use screening and treatment is key to providing better health outcomes in integrated care.
MAT also involves one-on-one counseling that helps the patient understand their thoughts and feelings about abusing substances.
In a Medication Assisted Treatment program, the patient is prescribed Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) medication that reduces their withdrawal symptoms and euphoria from abusing substances.
This combination of benefits helps them stay committed to treatment. The medication part of Medication Assisted Treatment works by relieving the physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It does so by replacing the abused opioids with a medication that fills the same receptors in the brain that drive addictive behavior. When properly dosed, there are no adverse effects on patients’ mental, intellectual, or physical functioning.
The therapy part of MAT at a Suboxone Clinic works by allowing patients to address the mental health and behavioral issues that surround their addiction. Patients can:
- Improve insights into behaviors that led to addiction and the problems that addiction caused
- Learn to replace unhealthy behaviors with healthier ones
- Work to repair relationships
- Provide encouragement and motivation to stick to recovery plan
- Learn to recognize and avoid craving triggers
- Learn how to better manage stress
- Learn how to avoid relapse—strategies
- Find a community that is struggling with similar issues
Mountainview Recovery works with a variety of Medication Assisted Treatment Programs:
– Suboxone Clinic in Charlotte, NC
– Suboxone Clinic in Salisbury, NC
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Annapolis, MD
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Waldorf, MD
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Martinsburg, WV
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Frederick, MD
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Takoma Park, MD
– Suboxone Clinic & Methadone Clinic in Baltimore, MD
– Sober Living Home In Asheville, NC