How Do I Choose the Right Rehab Center for Suboxone?
After becoming addicted to Suboxone, which is meant to help minimize illicit opioid abuse and help a person recover from addiction, you should choose a rehab center that reflects your needs and will allow you to safely continue your recovery.
Consider Residential Care
Whether you need an inpatient program that provides 24-hour medical care or a residential program where you merely stay at the facility for a prolonged amount of time, you will likely need to be in a program that provides a controlled environment. For those who began abusing their Suboxone medication after trying to recover from their opioid drug use, a controlled rehab center where the individual only has access to the medication given to them by the staff and does not have the ability to obtain drugs is often necessary. You may need to consider attending some sort of residential program if this is your situation.
Choose a Program that Utilizes Methadone
While some rehab centers do use buprenorphine (the main drug in Suboxone) as a treatment option, it may be beneficial for you to choose a program that uses methadone instead. Methadone, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, may be a better treatment for those “patients with high levels of physical dependency,” as optimal-dose methadone is more effective than buprenorphine in this instance.
Because methadone is a stronger drug than buprenorphine as well, someone with a more severe physical dependency and/or addiction to opioids will likely experience fewer side effects while on methadone. These issues may be part of the reason you began abusing Suboxone in the first place, so it could be beneficial to consider a program that treats its patients with methadone.
Consider Your Needs
One of the most important aspects of choosing the right rehab center is to consider your needs as a patient and any ways in which the choice of program can affect you. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use,” and the program you choose must do this.
- Consider any legal, vocational, or educational issues you may have and how the center you choose could provide referrals to other programs or options within the program itself to help you solve them.
- If you have any specific medical needs (be they for psychological or physical issues), find a program that provides the necessary treatments.
- Ask yourself if there are any barriers to your treatment and look for programs that provide solutions to these barriers.
- Consider any important aspects of your personal situation, including your age, gender, ethnicity, and culture, and make sure the treatment program of your choice addresses them.
Start Your Suboxone Recovery Today
It can be difficult to admit that you require rehab for Suboxone addiction, especially if you began taking the drug as a solution to your opioid drug abuse. But as long as you consider all your needs and the issues associated with recovery from this particular drug, you can begin to make a positive change in your life. Call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) today to find out more or to locate Suboxone drug rehab centers in your area.