Complete Opiate Addiction Care – Suboxone® Doctors in Norton MA, Dover & Salem NH
Norton Health Care provides a respectful & comfortable environment for patients including after-hours telephone coverage. Request an appointment online or call (508) 285-8550 to see a doctor at your nearest location in New England.
From your very first call to Norton Health Care, you will be welcomed with the utmost care and respect. Each patient is treated as an individual with the understanding that we all have different needs, strengths, and challenges. We will tailor a unique treatment program involving medical, psychotherapeutic and social treatments to give you the tools you need for real recovery. We are here to support you every step of the way.
We are a certified Suboxone Treatment Center.
Using Suboxone to treat opiate addiction is a very curious subject for many people. It is a proven comfortable and safe way to detox from opioids and other opiates like heroin and pain medications. Suboxone treats these addictions by preventing the withdrawal symptoms that are common with opiates. Suboxone, also known as naloxone hydrochloride and buprenorphine hydrochloride, is very successful in managing those who suffer from opiate dependence.
What does it mean when Suboxone is used for “Managed Maintenance?”
A “managed maintenance” program has been found to be very successful in treating those with opiate dependence. It helps restore the life, hope, and health of individuals who have fallen into opiate addiction. Without this program, many patients fall right back into this dangerous addiction cyle with some studies suggesting the relapse percentage is over 50%.
The FDA approves suboxone as an effective way to replace dangerous and illegal opiates. It helps patients avoid the life-threatening and debilitating withdraw symptoms of these dangerous substances so that they can remain physically stable.
So what is Suboxone?
Used in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapy, suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat opiate addiction. Specifically, it is highly effective in treating heroin, opioids, and prescription painkiller abuse. This medication is a controlled substance and must be prescribed in a controlled setting. It contains buprenorphine, which can be abused if not applied correctly.
Suboxone should be protected from theft and always kept in a safe place. As with any prescription, it should never be given to someone else. It could be harmful or fatal if not used properly. Sell or giving away this medicine is illegal. It is meant to be used as part of a controlled addiction withdrawal program and is not intended for an “as needed” use.
What is Suboxone made of?
The active ingredients in Suboxone are Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride. It can only be given to you by a board-certified doctor and comes in tablet form. Suboxone is an “opioid partial agonist.” It is similar to heroin, Vicodin, or methadone except it gives your body and your brain what it desires. However, it avoids the other dangers associated with those other substances.
When describing how we use Suboxone in a Managed Maintenance program, we like to use the analogy of training wheels on a bike. When you learn to ride a bike, training wheels provide physical support while you grow as you learn to handle the bike. Over time you learn to ride the bike with ease, and the training wheels will come off. Suboxone helps someone with an opiate addiction learn to manage their life without abusing an opioid and eventually, over time, they will no longer need the suboxone to prevent them from returning to their addiction.
Naloxone is another ingredient in Suboxone but is not an opioid. It is often used to reverse the effects in an overdose situation. It is included in Suboxone to prevent its misuse and protect a patient from overdosing during treatment.
Are there side effects to suboxone?
Physicians will test the drug on patients before beginning a full regimen to ensure it is doing more good than harm. They will continuously monitor a patient during the treatment time until they are no longer taking the drug. There is a higher risk of coma or death if Suboxone is combined with medications that use benzodiazepines. Other side effects reported to doctors include sleepiness, dizziness, respiratory problems, and coordination issues.
Dependency or abuse can cause liver issues. Symptoms of this include the yellowing of the skin or the white part of the eyes, dark colored urine, decreased appetite, stomach pain, and light-colored bowel movements. Immediately see a doctor you experience any of these symptoms.
Other symptoms of an adverse reaction to this drug are hives, wheezing, rash, facial swelling, lowered blood pressure, and loss of consciousness.
Are there Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms?
Suboxone does contain the opiate Buprenorphine, as we’ve mentioned before. There can be withdrawal symptoms when patients begin to stop using it. These withdrawal symptoms can include:
- increased sweating
- a runny nose
- an unnatural feeling of hot or cold
- watery eyes
- muscle aches
If you or a loved one is in need of Complete Opiate Addiction Care, please call the center closest to you today to set up an appointment!