What is Suboxone?
The active ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine. In a nutshell, Buprenorphine is an opioid medication used to help treat patients suffering from opiate addictions. This approach to addiction treatment is somewhat comparable to using nicotine replacement therapy in treating tobacco addiction. It is a harm reduction strategy that uses an opioid medication (Suboxone) in substitute of more dangerous forms of opiate drugs (Heroin, Oxycontin, Percocets, Morphine, Fentanyl, etc) that have cost the lives of many throughout the world.
Buprenorphine is a PARTIAL activator of opiate receptors in your body. For patients with a moderate opiate addiction, this medication is designed to effectively decrease cravings & suppresses withdrawal symptoms while limiting the “highs” and abuse potential as compared to other forms of opiates. Unlike methadone treatment where patients need to attend a clinic on a daily basis to receive medication, Buprenorphine can be prescribed in an outpatient setting for take-home use. This allows patients to freely engage in their normal routines without the constraints of having to attend a daily clinic.
Buprenorphine can be used for outpatient MAINTENANCE treatment as well as to help patients DETOX in an inpatient setting. Though this medication has helped save the lives of many, Newtown Behavioral is currently not accepting clients for maintenance treatment as this goes against our philosophy of treatment. We do, however, support inpatient detox programs in our local community (please see Helpful Info). But for some, rapid detox (1 week or less) can be too abrupt of a change for the mind to handle and may lead to relapse. Because opiate addiction does not ‘just happen’ in a week, our view is that detoxification shouldn’t have to either.
For this reason, we have designed our Suboxone (or Subtex, Zubsolv, Bunavail) program to be that of an EXTENDED TAPER PROGRAM. Our clients are prescribed the medication and slowly tapered over time while implementing exercise, nutrition, meditation & spirituality into their daily routines. In other words, while a client is tapering they learn to change… which is the True and only solution.
IF YOU ARE SEEKING A DOCTOR FOR MAINTENANCE TREATMENT, WE ARE NOT THE PROGRAM FOR YOU. WE ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IN COMING OFF OF OPIATES THROUGH MEDICATION ASSISTED THERAPY AND OTHER HOLISTIC TECHNIQUES.
Our approach may not be for everyone, but we believe that it offers the best strategy in helping clients through their transformation process & obtain true recovery from their addiction.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.