Suboxone Maintenance Therapy
Addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin is a complicated and challenging condition, but can be treated effectively with suboxone maintenance combined with counseling and support.
Overcoming opioid dependence can be overwhelming. Opioid prescription painkillers such as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, Actiq® or addiction to heroin can reset the brain’s chemistry to think the drug is necessary for survival.
The goal of suboxone treatment is to help opioid-dependent people stop misusing opioids and regain control over their lives.
Opioids attach to receptors in the brain producing feelings of euphoria, reduced respiration and decreased pain, Suboxone (Buprenorphine, Naloxone) attaches and occupies the receptors without all of the opioid effects. The receptor is tricked into thinking it has been satisified with opioids without producing strong feelings of euphoria and without causing significant respiratory depression. Suboxone blocks the receptors in the brain from joining with full opioids, to make it unlikely to experience any additional effect. Suboxone’s attachment to the receptors lasts up to three days, which is much longer than opioids, and suboxone minimizes withdrawal effects and controls cravings.