Suboxone Detox Doctor
Detoxification is an important component in treatment for substance abuse. It is the first step in becoming free from addiction. Suboxone is a medication used in the treatment of opioid abuse. Dr. Michael has training and expertise in administering Suboxone to treat patients with a history of opioid addiction and substance abuse.
Suboxone is used in the detoxification process and replaces the addiction to the opioid. Suboxone helps patients to undergo withdrawal symptoms. Substance abuse treatment with this medication also includes behavioral therapy and counseling. Dr. Michael will determine the length of time Suboxone treatment is needed to help you. Some patients respond to treatment in a short time. Others may take longer to achieve the desired outcome.
Reducing Withdrawal Symptoms
One of the most difficult aspects of recovery from substance abuse, especially with opioids, are the withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is considered a safe alternative to methadone in treating opioid addictions. Composed of buprenorphine and naloxone, this medication gradually weans the patient off the addiction. At the same time, the withdrawal symptoms normally associated with going off the opioid drugs are minimized.
Going off opioids “cold turkey” is difficult. The patient experiences symptoms of withdrawal that can include:
- Body aches
- Cravings for opiate drugs
As the withdrawal continues, symptoms may get worse. In some cases, withdrawal can lead to death. Unfortunately, this method of getting off opioids is not very effective or long-lasting.
Less than 25% of those who suddenly stop the habit manage to recover and stay sober for more than a year. Most relapse soon after because the craving for the drug is so strong. Detoxing with Suboxone makes the process more tolerable and safer for patients. It also has a higher rate of success for patient recovery than cold turkey withdrawal.
If you or someone you love has an addiction to opioids, please contact Dr. Michael for more information about Suboxone detox. Get your life back on track with caring, compassionate treatment.