Abuse and Addiction Treatment – SUBOXONE®
Addiction is defined as both a physical dependence and a psychological dependence upon a drug or multiple drugs, including alcohol. Physical dependence is characterized by a tolerance to the drug of choice (e.g., needing an increasingly larger dose to experience the desired effect), and psychological dependence is defined by cravings for the drug or obsessing over getting and staying high.
Substance abuse is a pressing social problem that many programs have attempted to address over the years. Per SAMHSA, “In 2014, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use”. Opioid dependence is a complex health condition with many elements that are caused or made worse by continued opioid use. Key elements include social, psychological, and biological components. Opioid dependence can occur as the brain adapts to the regular use of opioids over time. People who are opioid dependent may continue using opioids despite experiencing harmful consequences. You are not alone. Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent. If you or someone you know may be dependent on opioids, you are not alone.
The addiction to drugs needs comprehensive and integrative programs of rehabilitation. Effective drug rehabilitation with SUBOXONE is provided at Colorado Pain Management, as all physicians at Colorado Pain Management are SUBOXONE licensed.
SUBOXONE is approved for use in both induction and maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in appropriate patients.
For dependence on short-acting opioids, like heroin or prescription painkillers, SUBOXONE may be recommended to help you begin and maintain continuity of treatment.
When transitioning from dependence on long-acting opioids, like methadone, a buprenorphine-only medication may be recommended.
If a doctor at Colorado Pain Management prescribes SUBOXONE, your treatment can begin.
The following are potential stages of treatment utilized at Colorado Pain Management when treating with SUBOXONE.
Induction—you begin your treatment (or restart it if you’ve relapsed) under the supervision of a doctor. For your first dose, you must be in a moderate state of withdrawal. You work with your doctor to reach a dose of SUBOXONE that works for you.
Maintenance—Your doctor will help you to transition to the maintenance phase of treatment when you:
Are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms
Have minimal to no side effects
Do not have uncontrollable cravings
In the maintenance phase, you may be taking your medication regularly as prescribed. You should comply with all aspects of your treatment plan including responsibly handling the medication, staying free from illicit drug use, and seeking counseling and/or psychosocial support.
Medical taper—The decision to discontinue therapy with SUBOXONE after a period of maintenance should be made as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It is important that you work with the providers at Colorado Pain Management to determine the appropriate time (if applicable) to begin to slowly lower your dose.
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