One of the concerns many patients have when undergoing treatment for opioid dependency is the withdrawal symptoms. This can be one of the most difficult parts of recovery and that’s why it’s so important that you have an addiction specialist who can provide you with safe and effective treatment options to help kick your addiction while minimizing the unpleasant and possibly dangerous side effects of withdrawal. One way in which our addiction doctor manages withdrawal symptoms is with a medication known as Suboxone.
What is Suboxone?
This prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence is the combination of both buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (an opioid antagonist). The purpose of a partial opioid agonist is to provide the patient with incrementally smaller opioid doses to help treat severe opioid addiction and reduce the risk for serious withdrawal symptoms. Even though buprenorphine triggers the same receptors in the brain that opioids do it only partially affects these receptors, making the “buzz” less intense than with true opioids.
The other component of this medication, the opioid antagonist, actually works by shutting down signals sent to these receptors. Of course, this too can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, intense mood swings and vomiting. Those with chronic and serious opioid addictions may also be at an increased risk for seizures and respiratory failure, which is why it’s so important to turn to a qualified addiction specialist who can safely treat your addiction while reducing the chances for serious complications and symptoms.
Treating Opioid Addictions
With the rise in misuse and addiction to opioids across the US, it’s now more important than ever to not only recognize this growing dependency but also to do something about it as soon as possible. Treatment should always be under the supervision of a qualified addiction specialist, as they are medical doctors who can not only recommend the best course of action for treating your addiction but also ensure that any problems are detected and handled right away to reduce complications.
Physician-supervised suboxone treatment can help you finally overcome your opioid addiction. Call addiction specialist Dr. Bryant of Axcel Treatment and Recovery Clinic at (866) 662-8282 to schedule an appointment in Greenville, Denison, Dallas, or San Antonio, TX.
Intial Visit- $300 (including drug screen)
Monthly Fee- $150
Monthly Drug Screen- $25
(Medication is seperate)