MD M.A.T.T. Frederick considers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to be the benchmark for opioid addiction treatment. For people addicted to prescription painkillers, heroin, or other opioids, quitting alone can be very challenging—most people who try to quit without medication relapse within a few weeks.
To help people wean off of opioids and other drugs, MAT uses FDA-approved medications, such as Suboxone. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioids. However, it doesn’t produce the same “high.” This helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making treatment plans easier for people to stick to in the initial phases.
MD M.A.T.T. Frederick offers Suboxone treatment programs tailored to each individual’s needs. Through technology, community, and purpose, we help our patients overcome addiction and build happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Contact our Suboxone treatment clinic in Frederick at 410.816.9457.
What Is Suboxone and How Does It Work?
Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction. It is a combination of two medicines:
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist, meaning it binds to the same receptors in the brain as opioids. However, it doesn’t produce the same effects. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids. Used to treat opioid overdoses, naloxone is the medication that is used in Narcan.
Suboxone works by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This medication makes it easier for people to continue to stick to their treatment plans. Suboxone can be a helpful tool in recovery, but it is not a cure for addiction.
Taking Suboxone binds it to the receptors in your brain responsible for the pleasurable effects of opioids. This binding helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The naloxone in Suboxone will block the effects of opioids if you try to use them while on this medication, preventing relapse.
Promoting Recovery Through Suboxone
Physical dependence developing from opioid addiction can be one of the biggest obstacles to recovery. Suboxone can be a valuable tool in recovery, but it is not a cure for addiction. However, by relieving cravings, Suboxone helps people focus on other aspects of their recovery, such as counseling and therapy.
The most effective way to use Suboxone is as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and therapy. During these therapy sessions, those in recovery learn about the triggers that led to their addiction and how to avoid them in the future. Learning coping skills to help people deal with stress and other emotions healthily is another big part of counseling.
Your doctor will work with you to slowly taper off the medication when it’s time to stop taking Suboxone. It typically takes several weeks, but this process is different for everyone. This medication is effective and safe when used as directed by a doctor.