How do you Know Suboxone is Right for You?
With all of the treatments available for opiate addiction, it is difficult to know which one is right for you. The first step is to talk to your doctor about your options. They will usually mention all of the different types of treatment for your addiction. It is up to you to know which treatment is right for you and your situation. There are some facts about Suboxone that can help you make this important decision.
Who Does Suboxone Help?
According to the manufacturers of Suboxone, Indivior UK Limited, Suboxone is designed for people who are addicted to opiates and who are not candidates for methadone treatment. These people usually:
- relapse easily,
- are in a counseling program,
- have a medical condition that complicates withdrawal,
- have a mental condition that complicates withdrawal, and
- have tried other methods to stop using opiates.
Suboxone when combined with a comprehensive treatment program helps these individuals overcome a variety opiate addiction disorders.
Who is a Good Candidate for Suboxone Treatment?
Anyone with an opiate addiction is a good candidate for treatment with Suboxone. It is particularly helpful for those who:
- have liver damage from a previous illness,
- need maintained treatment to avoid fatal or disastrous withdrawal symptoms,
- are afraid of overcoming the more complicated symptoms of withdrawal, and
- in a place where other treatments are not available or cannot work.
Not everyone is a good candidate for Suboxone treatment. These are people who:
- are doing well on other opiate addiction treatments,
- are adversely affected by medications containing buprenorphine,
- are allergic to any of the medications or carriers in Suboxone, and
- those who have tried Suboxone and failed before.
Since getting off opiates is the priority it is important to choose
Are you ready to Quit Opiates?
In order for Suboxone to work, you have to be ready to quit. Suboxone will not work unless you absolutely want to stop using. If you continue to use while you are on Suboxone you run the risk of overdose and relapse. If you are ready to quit then Suboxone can help you do so. There are several questions that you can talk to your doctor about to help you decide whether Suboxone is right for you. These questions are:
- do you understand the risks associated with Suboxone?
- Are you willing to follow the treatment protocols associated with Suboxone?
- Can you keep from taking alcohol and other drugs while on Suboxone?
- Are you taking benzos or other sedatives, would you be willing to stop taking them?
- Do you have community, family, or friends for support during your treatment?
Each of these questions are an indicator of whether or not you will succeed while taking Suboxone.
Advantages of Suboxone
Suboxone has three main advantages. These three advantages are:
- you can take it on your own,
- it is easily accessible at your doctor’s office, many doctors are familiar and certified to provide it, and
- Normally you do not have to travel great distances to receive your dosage.
For more information on whether Suboxone is right for you or other opiate addictions treatment, call us at 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) . We are happy to help you sort through all of your options.