We consider medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to be the gold standard for opioid addiction treatment. Those addicted to heroin, prescription painkillers, or other opioids have a very difficult time quitting on their own. In fact, most people who try to quit without medication relapse within a few weeks.
MAT uses FDA-approved medications, such as Suboxone, to help people wean off of opioids and other drugs. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, which means that it binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but doesn’t produce the same “high.” This helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for people to stick to their treatment plans.
At MD M.A.T.T. Baltimore, we offer Suboxone treatment programs that are tailored to each individual’s needs. Through community, technology, and purpose, we help our patients overcome addiction and build healthier, happier lives. Contact our Suboxone treatment clinic at 410.469.6561 to learn more.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication that is used to treat opioid addiction. It is made up of two medications:
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, which means that it binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioids but doesn’t produce the same effects. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means that it blocks the effects of opioids. Naloxone is the medication that is used in Narcan, which is used to treat opioid overdoses.
Suboxone works by:
- Reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for people to stick to their treatment plans.
- Blocking the effects of other opioids, making it less likely for people to abuse them. The naloxone in Suboxone will block the effects of opioids if you try to use them while taking it. This can help to prevent relapse.
How Suboxone Promotes Recovery
The physical dependence that develops from opioid addiction is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery. Suboxone is not a cure for addiction, but it can be a useful tool in the recovery process. By relieving cravings, Suboxone can help people focus on other aspects of their recovery, such as therapy and counseling.
Suboxone is most effective when it is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes therapy and counseling. During these counseling sessions, those in recovery learn about the triggers that led to their addiction and how to avoid them in the future. They also learn coping skills such as:
- Stress management
- Relapse prevention
- Anger management
- Communication skills
When it’s time to stop taking Suboxone, your doctor will work with you to slowly taper off the medication. This process is different for everyone, but it typically takes several weeks. This medication is safe and effective when used as directed by a doctor.