OPIOID & BENZO ADDICTION
Opioid addiction is a very serious condition we can help with.
WHAT IS SUBOXONE?
Suboxone is a highly addictive prescription medicine that is most often used to treat addictions to opioids or narcotic pain relievers. Some doctors prescribe the drug as a pain relief medication. Suboxone should only be taken as prescribed or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling.
Suboxone is a now a commonly prescribed medication due to the opioid crisis in the United States. In 2016, around 2.1 million people reported that they misused or were dependent on opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers. However, Suboxone is often misused in the same way opioids are because they interact in a similar way with the brain.
Suboxone contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is the primary active ingredient and is considered a partial agonist, which means it can attach to the same brain receptors as other opioids and reduce their effects by blocking them from those receptors. Naloxone helps prevent the misuse of Suboxone. While the high experienced from opioids does not translate to Suboxone, the brain still believes it’s an opioid and reacts in a similar manner. This is why many doctors prescribe the drug to treat opioid addiction; it has value in some patients to ameliorate withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone was approved by the FDA as a treatment for opiod addiction in 2002. Since its release, Suboxone has been released to the public under multiple brand names:
- Suboxone Film
Suboxone is legal with a prescription and is used for opioid addiction treatment, but it’s still a harmful substance if misused. If you or a loved one struggles with an addiction to Suboxone, either with or without a prescription, help is available. Resurgence Behavioral Health has the latest programs available to provide assistance with Suboxone addiction at all levels of care. Call us at the number below for more information.