Suboxone Treatment in San Diego
There is a growing opioid epidemic in the United States today. More people are dying of an accidental overdose than any other type of unintentional death, including motor vehicle accidents. In 2014 there was a record of 4.3 million people who were abusing drug prescriptions; 1.9 million people developed an opioid disorder after being prescribed opioids.
Suboxone allows you to regain a healthy state of mind, negating drug-induced highs and lows. It liberates you from thinking all the time about the drug. It reduces problems of withdrawal and cravings. These changes will allow you to focus on the lifestyle changes that lead back to healthy living.
Taking medication for opioid addiction is like taking medication for heart disease or diabetes. It is not the same as substituting one addictive drug for another. If used properly, the medication does not create a new addiction. It helps you manage your addiction so that the benefits or recovery can be maintained.
At our San Diego drug rehab, we use Suboxone treatment to increase the chances of a successful recovery. Relapse is high in drug addiction, in part because withdrawal is so dangerous and extreme. Suboxone’s ability to help symptoms of opioid withdrawal be less intense allows patients to resist the temptation of using.
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What is an agonist/ antagonist?
- An agonist is a drug that activates receptors in the brain creating a biological response.
- An antagonist drug blocks opioids by attaching itself to the brain receptors without activating them.
What drugs are considered opioids?
Can I become addicted to Suboxone?
It is possible to become addicted to suboxone. It is a medication that uses an agonist opioid (buprenorphine) and can cause the user to become dependent on it. However, if it is taken as prescribed by a doctor then it is a safe and effective drug.
How long will I be on Suboxone?
There is no set time period for how long someone stays on suboxone. It is something that will be decided between you and your doctor. Some people take it for long periods, while others will only use it for a short time before being weaned off.
Should I take Suboxone if I am on other medications?
Like any prescribed medication suboxone can cause an interaction with certain drugs. Be sure to tell your doctor what other medication you are on before starting treatment with suboxone. Those who are taking suboxone should not take sleeping pills, narcotic painkillers, sedatives, or drink alcohol.