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By Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic
November 14, 2018
Category: Drug Treatment
Tags: Suboxone  

Withdrawal symptoms are difficult to cope with when recovering from addiction. Dr. Sullivan Bryant, your Greenville, Denison, and San Antonio, TX, addiction specialist has additional training and education within this realm. He offers his patients suboxone treatment to help ease the process. Read below to learn more!

Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone is a medication (combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) that triggers the same neurological receptors that opioids target. While people still feel a high, it isn't nearly as intense as leading narcotics and helps tremendously to ween off individuals from their addiction. It helps them cope with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Suboxone is more effective in treating opioid addiction than methadone. Dr. Bryant, your doctor at Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic in Greenville, Denison, and San Antonio, TX, will gradually decrease the dose until medication is no longer needed and withdrawal symptoms have been alleviated.

Suboxone treatment is broken down into several phases.

  1. Induction: This first phase is when people start feeling withdrawal symptoms, such as sweating, anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Your doctor provides a small dose to prevent any urges to take opioids. If patients do not feel these relieving effects, the doctor will increase suboxone dosage until withdrawal symptoms seize. (Note that during this first phase, patients visit the Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic several times a week to ensure they receive proper suboxone dosage.)
  2. Maintenance: Lasting two months, this step is a stabilization phase and begins when your doctor has already determined the proper dosage. Patients need to take part in behavioral therapy, such as a 12-step program or group therapy.
  3. Last Phase: Doctor decreases doses under careful supervision to ensure patients don't feel the urge to use opioids.

Interested? Call Today!

It's important to go to a specialist who understands how to:

  • Diagnose and treat addiction
  • Supervise recovery
  • Assist family members in coping

Call addiction specialist Dr. Sullivan Bryant of Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic at (866) 662-8282 to schedule an appointment in Greenville, Denison, or San Antonio, TX. Physician-supervised suboxone treatment can help you finally overcome your opioid addiction.

By Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic
August 13, 2018
Category: Drug Treatment

Approximately 20 million American adults, 12 years and older, faced some sort of substance use disorder in 2014, according to Americandrug treatment Addiction Centers.

More on Drug Abuse

Anyone is susceptible to drug use. The most important thing to know is you're not alone and there are people more than willing to help you. Dr. Sullivan Bryant of Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic in Greenville, Denison, and San Antonio, TX, is an addiction specialist. He knows about substance abuse and how drug treatment can help you.

Do I have a substance abuse problem?

Recreational drug abuse, addiction to prescription medication and abusing substances in general fall under the category of substance abuse problems. The first step to rehabilitation is identifying the problem. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Relationship Difficulties: do you have drug-related arguments with family?
  • Tolerance Level: Do you constantly increase your dosage for better results?
  • Lack of Interest in Activities: Have you lost interest in activities you used to enjoy, like hobbies?
  • Blackouts and Flashbacks: Do you have trouble remembering what you did the previous day or night?
  • Aches and Pains: Do you suffer from withdrawal symptoms, like muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea?
  • Illegal Activities: Have you committed a crime to get drugs?
  • Job Issues: Have drugs played a role in you being late to work, or even getting fired?
  • Need Drugs to Function: Is it impossible to function without drugs?

How can drug treatment help me?

Here at Greenville, Denison, and San Antonio drug treatment programs help you give up drugs. Dr. Bryant works on eliminating urges to begin using again and helps you safely stop using with the use of methadone and suboxone. The advantage of using these drugs is that they fool brain receptors into thinking you're still using opioids.

Don't let substance abuse destroy your life. Call addiction specialist, Dr. Bryant of Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic, in Greenville, Denison, and San Antonio, TX, at (866) 662-8282 to schedule an appointment.

"Why do I keep using drugs or drinking?" If you found this website because you are trying to solve that problem, you may be out of answers. As you can imagine, many have tried to solve this riddle. One theory that is still prevalent among some is that addiction is merely a behavioral issue, or more specifically, a moral issue. "Good" people don't use drugs or drink. "Bad" people do. So, if you want to stop, simply stop behaving that way, and make good choices." Certainly, reaching for the next drink or pill is a behavior.
On the other hand, advances in medicine seem to confirm that addiction is more complicated than that. Many have proposed that it is actually a disease. A disease is a disruption in a part or parts of the body causing them to function incorrectly. Substance abuse is a disease which affects that part of your brain that determines what is necessary for survival. A part of your brain was designed to learn what is necessary for survival and to release pleasurable and rewarding chemicals (already stored in the brain) to let you know that, "This action is good. Do it again." For someone who has become addicted, the brain (an organ) begins to believe that your drug of choice or alcohol is required for survival. Since your drug of choice or alcohol are not necessary for survival, this is known as an "abnormal symptom," and this is why addiction is considered a disease.

This is why it is so difficult for some people to stop using or drinking; they are fighting against their own brain

Continuing to use the drug or alcohol will tend to exaggerate this distortion, which is why stopping-a behavior-is necessary to reverse the disease. Eventually, your brain prioritizes your drug of choice higher than even food. This is why it is so difficult for some people to stop using or drinking; they are fighting against their own brain. This is illustrated in the video, "Pleasure Unwoven." Kevin McCauley, M.D. explains that dopamine plays a major role. Dopamine is released in your brain to teach it that something you did or ingested is better than expected, so it might be important for survival. Dopamine also plays a role in memory, attention, problem solving, and in anticipation of pleasure. Dopamine is also released during adverse circumstances or stimuli. That might explain why when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired-all stressful circumstances-you reach for the solution that you remember that relieved the stress before: your drug of choice or alcohol. Taking your drug of choice or drinking then results in more dopamine release, leaving you to feel better, and "teaching" you that you did the "right thing" to relieve your stress. But we know that the consequences which have resulted from drinking and using drugs are often too much to bear. So, in this case, your brain is telling you the wrong thing.

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