Utilizing Suboxone in Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a serious problem that impacts virtually every aspect of a person’s life. Drugs and alcohol take a significant toll on physical and mental health and can change the way the brain processes information. When under the influence of drugs, individuals may say things or act in ways they wouldn’t normally while substance free.

Addiction treatment centers like Crossroads support clients in overcoming addiction and embracing a healthier lifestyle. Clients engage in a variety of therapies and activities to understand the impact of substance use and create routines that support recovery and relapse prevention. Medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone may be used to help clients build a stronger detox in treatment and increase focus on continued recovery.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction. This includes addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers such as morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is known as a partial opioid agonist, meaning that it produces an effect similar to that of opioids, but in a milder form. The medication binds to opioid receptors in the brain making it think that it has received opioids, when in reality it has not. The drug attaches to the opioid receptors for around 24 hours and prevents full opioid agonists – such as heroin or morphine – from connecting. Instead of feeling a sense of euphoria and a dulling of all pain, individuals feel more normal and alert and may experience mild pain relief.

How is Suboxone Used During Addiction Treatment?

Suboxone is commonly used during detox and early treatment of heroin or opioid addiction. It can ease the effects of withdrawal as clients are detoxing from opiates. This can make the recovery process more comfortable and reduce risk of leaving treatment early before an individual has completed their treatment program. The discomfort of withdrawal and urge of cravings can increase risk of relapse back into substance use.

With the assistance of medications such as Suboxone, clients are able to detox more comfortably and focus on engaging in other treatment modalities to support recovery. Crossroads utilizes Suboxone as part of a comprehensive care plan. After evaluation, we determine if a patient needs Suboxone treatment on their recovery journey, and we continue to monitor them and make adjustments as needed. Then, clients are fully immersed in a residential or outpatient treatment program and move forward in recovery. Clients engage in holistic therapies, such as yoga and acupuncture, to further reduce discomfort and enhance well-being, and also participate in clinical work and therapy to begin addressing the psychological effects of addiction.

How Effective is Suboxone During Addiction Treatment?

It is important to recognize that at Crossroads, Suboxone is not used as a maintenance medication nor as a way of replacing one drug addiction with another. We assess to see if clients need to be put on Suboxone, and if they’re already on Suboxone we continue to assess them and make adjustments in coordination with their prescriber for optimal results. We can also utilize Suboxone during the course of a client’s residential treatment.

Many clients find that Suboxone is effective in curbing withdrawal symptoms and allowing them to increase their focus on treatment. In conjunction with individual and group therapy, acupuncture, meditation, recreational activities, and other therapeutic modalities, Suboxone can support clients in building a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

Get Addiction Treatment Aided by Suboxone at Crossroads

Clients undergo a comprehensive assessment for substance use and mental health disorders before Crossroads develops any treatment plans. Medical assessments are conducted to determine if Suboxone treatment may be an effective component of treatment for heroin or opiate addiction. Clients receive onsite supervision and support from a comprehensive care team.

Recovery from addiction is possible, and Suboxone treatment at Crossroads can help as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Crossroads helps clients to remember who they wanted to be and provides high-quality, gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment in a relaxing and therapeutic setting.