I treat opioid addiction by utilizing medication-assisted treatment. One of the most common medications used in the treatment of opioid dependence today is buprenorphine (Suboxone).
Most people are not able to just walk away from opioid addiction. They need help to change their thinking, behavior, and environment. Quitting cold turkey has shown a poor success rate, as less than 25% of patients are able to remain sober for a full year. This is where medication-assisted treatment options like Suboxone benefit patients in staying sober while reducing the side effects of withdrawal and curbing cravings which can lead to relapse.
A physician assited Suboxone program for opioid dependence includes the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to complement the education, counseling, and other support measures that focus on the behavioral aspects of opioid addiction. Suboxone allows the individual to regain a normal state of mind, free of withdrawal, cravings, and the drug-induced highs and lows of addiction. Suboxone programs as a treatment for opioid addiction and dependence are much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, or diabetes. Taking medication for opioid addiction is not the same as substituting one addictive drug for another.