Suboxone® and Vivitrol Injections in Norton MA, Salem & Dover NH
Vivitrol Injections vs. Suboxone in Treating Opiate and Heroin Addiction. Call (508) 257-7124 today for treatment.
Do you have a loved one who is battling with opioid addiction? Suboxone and Vivitrol injections are two popular ways to treat the addiction and are available at our clinic. Many people have asked us which one is better? At Norton Health Care, specialists will work with you one on one to select the best treatment plan for you.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is another name for buprenorphine which is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction. You may be wondering why an opioid is used to treat opioid dependence, right? Unlike heroin, suboxone only partially stimulates the brain, giving patients a euphoria, but less than they would on pain pills or heroin. Using this medication allows them to withdraw safely and reduce their cravings for more opioids slowly.
What are the benefits of Suboxone?
Suboxone helps manage the withdrawal symptoms everyone experiences when coming off of opioids. This medication will help with your cravings, and you should experience less withdraw symptoms if it is used correctly. Suboxone can be picked up at our clinic or, unlike methadone, you can take a prescription home for treatment pending approval from our doctor.
Are their drawbacks with using Suboxone?
This medication, like all opioids, can be abused. If this drug is smoked or injected, the naloxone in the medication can cause sudden withdrawal for a patient. These sudden withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous for their health.
What are Vivitrol injections?
Unlike Suboxone which partially stimulates parts of the brain and gives a euphoria feeling, Vivitrol Injections blocks these areas of the brain altogether. This once a month injection can help treat addiction to heroin, pain pills, and even alcohol. Not only does it reduce cravings, but if someone relapses, they do not get the same high if at all from their drug use. There is not any potential for abuse of this treatment.
What are some additional benefits to Vivitrol Injections?
Because this medication is not an opioid, it is much easier to prescribe, and patients often have easier access to it.
Are there any drawbacks to Vivitrol Injections?
This medication will block the effects of opioids for up to four weeks. If you find yourself in an emergency medical situation, like an injury or surgery, where you need to take opioids, special measures must be taken. Always let your doctor know about any current medications you might be on.
Which treatment is right for me?
Both Vivitrol Injections and Suboxone have pros and cons. The best treatment method for you depends on your current medical history, addiction history, and recovery goals. Both treatments used together may also be the right choice for you.
Come to our clinic today and speak with our specialists at Norton Health Care. We’ll work with you one on one to determine the best recovery path for you. Call any of our locations today for more information or two set up an appointment. We have helped many patients battling addiction in Norton MA, Salem, and Dover NH.