Suboxone Medication-Assisted Therapy
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the misuse of opioids in the United States (U.S.) is now considered a national crisis that is affecting both the country’s public health and welfare. Recovery NOW is a preeminent opioid detox and rehab center in Nashville, practicing concierge outpatient opiate addiction treatment.
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Abuse Potential Of Opioid Use
Due to their potency, pharmaceutical companies have pushed these highly addictive drugs. Therefore, it is imperative that users follow the prescribed directives.
When you take an opioid, the drug attaches to your brain’s opioid receptors, reducing your level of pain and making you feel euphoric. Trying to constantly achieve these sensations may cause you to either misuse or acquire the drug illicitly, become dependent and become addicted.
Effects Of Opioid Misuse
The short high you may experience from opiate abuse is eclipsed by the negative consequences that accompany it.
In the short-term, these highly addictive drugs can cause nausea, constipation, and fatigue. In the long-term, they can cause you to lose consciousness as well as experience a slowed heart and shallow breathing.
Regarding opioid addiction, overdose should be your greatest concern. As research shows, there is also a growing number of opioid-related overdoses in the U.S. today, accounting for one of the largest amounts of overdose death totals in the U.S.
Recovery From An Opiate Addiction
Transparency is key during initial assessments
Since opioid addiction covers such a broad spectrum, it is imperative that you or your loved one receives an individual assessment covering everything from the reason for original use, the level of dependence, and other conditions. This helps the concierge doctors at our opiate detox and rehab center in Nashville properly tailor an opioid addiction treatment plan that will set the stage for long-term recovery.
Consider a Combination Approach to Treatment
The most common course of treatment for an opioid addiction is a combination of medically assisted treatment (MAT) and behavioral therapy. According to Harvard Health, there is a fairly strong correlation in the use of MAT for combating opioid addiction and the decreased likelihood of relapse.
Suboxone maintenance, also known as MAT, combines FDA-approved medication with counseling and behavioral therapies. Most MAT programs use one or more of the following medications:
- Blocks opiate effects
- Reduces cravings
- Given as an injection (Vivitrol shot) or in pill form
- Active ingredients are buprenorphine and naloxone
- Used to treat opiate addiction and withdrawal
- Administered via sublingual film or tablet
- Extended-release buprenorphine
- Monthly injection
Dr. Jones will ensure you have a general understanding of Opioid Addiction and the importance of seeking treatment with a board-certified physician for drug detox.