Proudly serving the state of Ohio, our medication assisted treatment centers provide adults the ability to recover from opioid addiction.
How Suboxone Treatment Works
Patients who are prescribed Suboxone will experience much-needed relief from the distressing physical symptoms that occur during the withdrawal process from opioid use. Suboxone consists of a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, which are chemical derivatives that ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Buprenorphine works on the same receptors in the brain that are activated by opioids, but it does not induce the same euphoric effects. Instead, taking Suboxone gives patients the mental clarity they need to be successful in recovery.
When taken as prescribed under the supervision of a professional, Suboxone is safe and effective for use.
The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment
Withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings are two of the most common things that prevent people from overcoming addictions to opioids. Patients who take Suboxone, however, can begin their treatment process without experiencing the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, and do not have to deal with further cravings for the drug.
There are several medications that can assist in the treatment of opioid addiction, so patients should work with their treatment providers to determine if Suboxone is the most appropriate fit for them.
The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment & Counseling
Individuals who abuse opioids will likely experience withdrawal symptoms once they stop using. Many people remain trapped in the cycle of addiction because they do not want to have to face the distress and discomfort that occurs during this withdrawal process. But the longer a person waits to receive treatment, the higher their risk for detrimental consequences becomes, including the possibility of overdosing. The use of Suboxone in a medication-assisted treatment program, however, can diminish the effects of withdrawal and make recovery achievable.
Patients who take Suboxone must understand that while the use of this medication provides relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, lasting recovery requires dedication, time, and effort. Therefore, Suboxone should not be viewed as an easy cure for opioid addiction. Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with treatment for both the emotional and physical aspects of their addictions, dramatically increasing their chances for successful recovery.
In addition to medication-assisted treatment, we invite patients to participate in both individual and group therapy sessions during their time in our care. Individual therapy gives patients an opportunity to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor to address and treat the underlying factors that may be contributing to their addictions. These sessions provide a safe environment in which to openly discuss an array of topics that relate to addiction, while also preparing for a future of recovery.
Group therapy brings patients together to work alongside other individuals who are also receiving treatment for addiction. These counselor-led sessions promote open and honest communication, while also giving patients a chance to provide support and encouragement to one another.
How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: The use of opioids does not only negatively impact the lives of those using, but it disrupts the lives of their friends and family as well. For this reason, Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers promote the use of individual therapy, support groups, and family therapy for our patients’ loved ones. The following are ways in which you can support your friend or family member during the course of their treatment:
- Take time to learn about Suboxone and the other therapeutic interventions that will be part of your loved one’s treatment plan.
- Remind your loved one to attend all scheduled meetings and appointments.
- Ask them how their medication is affecting them, how their treatment is progressing, etc.
- Celebrate both small and large successes.
- Remember that lasting recovery requires time and may include some challenges along the way. Remain optimistic and share your optimism with your loved one, especially during times of frustration.
- Obtain support of your own.
How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Making the decision to get treatment at Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers is an extremely brave first step towards recovery. The following should be kept in mind during treatment:
- Adhere to all rules set in place by your treatment provider.
- Attend all scheduled appointments in order to receive your medication.
- Do not use opioids, alcohol, and/or other substances.
- Actively participate in group therapy sessions.
- Communicate in an open and honest manner during individual therapy sessions. Remember that your counselor is there to offer support and encouragement.
- Communicate any questions or concerns that may arise while in treatment.
The Side Effects of Suboxone
There are possible side effects that can accompany the use of Suboxone, including the following:
- Generalized pain
- Low blood pressure
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Blurred vision
- Runny nose
- Coordination problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- Back and abdominal pain
- Attention disturbances
Patients should immediately notify their treatment providers if any side effects occur. Adjustments to medications and dosages can be made throughout the course of treatment.
Ohio Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to provide you or someone you love with the compassionate treatment necessary in order to safely and successfully overcome an addiction to opioids. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to assist you every step of the way.