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Posted on 06-23-2016
If you or someone you love suffers from opioid dependence, you may be interested in learning more about the suboxone treatment option and how it works.
Approved by the FDA in 2002 for treatment of opioid addiction, a suboxone treatment is a form of medication-assisted treatment that suppresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. Suboxone does not cause euphoria and it blocks other opioids for at least 24 hours.
Some studies have shown that Suboxone treatment has a success rate of anywhere from 40 to 60 percent. Success in these studies is measured by the number of patients who stay in the program and achieve at least one year of sobriety.
Unlike methodone, patients who are treated with suboxone do not have to participate in a methadone clinic or other highly-regulated federal program. In addition, because suboxone does not create euphoria in its patients, the abuse potential is much lower than methadone.
Just as with methadone, a suboxone treatment plan does need to be initiated under the direction of a physician who is qualified under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act. Furthermore, a successful treatment plan will take a holistic approach that involves counseling and psychosocial support in addition to the medical treatment. At Advanced Spine & Rehab, our physicians are qualified to implement a suboxone treatment plan to help you or your loved one overcome opioid dependency. Contact us to learn more.
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