How To Switch From Methadone To Suboxone in Norton MA, Dover & Salem NH
Norton Health Care provides a Suboxone Recovery Program to help switch from Methadone to Suboxone. Request an appointment online or call (508) 285-8550 to see a doctor at your nearest location in New England.
Do you have a loved one who is currently battling opioid addiction and using methadone to help beat their addiction? Getting off of methadone can be very challenging. Switching to Suboxone can help with that transition to the point where they no longer have to take it in order to manage their addiction. However, it isn’t a simple switch and must be handled by the professionals at Norton Health Care. We can help your loved one make that switch so they can successfully progress through their opioid addiction treatment.
What is Methadone?
Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence and addiction.
Suboxone and Methadone are the two most commonly used medications to treat an opioid addiction. Switching from a methadone maintenance program to Suboxone therapy can be extremely beneficial to a person’s quality of life.
Norton Health Care offers a unique service in which our physicians, therapists, and staff support patients who are currently taking Methadone enter into a Suboxone Recovery Plan.
What is the difference between methadone and suboxone?
Many people are not exactly sure what the difference is between these two drugs. It’s crucial to understand the differences before you make the switch. Methadone is a full opioid-agonist which means patients get the same effect from it as they would from morphine, heroin, Vicodin, and other prescription pain medicines. It is a very powerful tool to treat addiction. While it is very effective in battling withdrawal symptoms and cravings, it can be challenging to quit due to its strength. Moving on to Suboxone can help a patient eventually to move forward with their addiction treatment.
Suboxone is a partial opioid-agonist, meaning it mimics the effects of opioids, but it isn’t as strong as methadone. Suboxone is made of buprenorphine and naloxone, which is a partial opioid-antagonist. The naloxone will block the effects of other opiates.
Methadone is a potent medication that is difficult to come off of. While not as expensive as suboxone, it does have a stigma associated with it, and patients generally must attend a clinic daily to receive it before they earn the right to take a supply home. Suboxone, while more expensive, can be prescribed by a doctor as it is not as strong. While it can be difficult to quit, it isn’t as hard as methadone. It is also not as well known, so there is not as much stigma with it.
Why should I switch to suboxone?
First and foremost, you will “feel” less medicated and experience less side effects. It’s a partial step forward from coming off these drugs completely to treat your addiction. You can show your friends and family you are making concrete progress in your treatment.
With that in mind, a switch isn’t for everyone and must be monitored by our professionals to ensure your addiction treatment is progressing. There is no sense in switching if it is only going to make you worse.
How do I switch from methadone to suboxone?
First, you must talk to our doctors about switching from methadone to suboxone. We may need to speak with the doctors or clinic where you are currently obtaining your methadone to coordinate this switch. After meeting with us and, if needed, coordinating with others, we will put together a schedule to taper you off from methadone. To avoid a shock to your body, this will be a slow transition from methadone to suboxone. Rushing the change could lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and even relapse.
Once you have tapered down your methadone intake, you will need to wait a short period before you start suboxone. Starting it too soon can often lead to problems, including trips to the hospital. You may experience partial withdraw, but it must be done this way to protect your health. If you follow the doctor’s instructions, everything should proceed relatively smoothly. Our doctor will want to run some tests on you the day you are ready to receive suboxone to make sure your body is prepared for it. If your body is prepared, you can begin your treatment!
Switching from Methadone to Suboxone is no easy transition. However, the board-certified doctors and experienced staff at Norton Health Care are ready to help you. Call our friendly staff today to set up an appointment to see if this change is right for you.