How to Know if Suboxone Is Right for You
Suboxone is one of the newest prescription medications for opiate addiction and over the last decade, has changed many people’s approach to drug and alcohol recovery. Designed with both an opiate agonist and antagonist, Suboxone reduces the cravings and urges associated with opiate addiction, while eliminating the withdrawal symptoms that occur when use ceases.
The antagonist aspect of Suboxone works as an opiate blocker, not allowing other opiates to bind to your brain’s receptors, and therefore refusing to let the drugs impact your brain. That means if you’ve taken your Suboxone and relapse, you won’t get high.
Who Should Take Suboxone
Not every opiate addict is the right candidate for Suboxone. To know if it’s right for you, here’s what you need to consider.
- Suboxone is still a narcotic. It’s powerful and addictive. It’s designed for those who’ve attempted to get sober in the past, but have thus far been unsuccessful, even after multiple attempts at drug and alcohol treatment. If you’ve never tried getting sober without Suboxone, many suggest trying to first. If you’ve been to rehab multiple times and still can’t maintain sobriety, then Suboxone is an appropriate option. If you’ve tried to quit opiates before without success, call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) to learn more and find the help you need.
- Suboxone is combined with treatment. Although many addicts would like to just be prescribed Suboxone, that’s not how it works. It must be utilized as of a medically assisted treatment program, and outpatient therapy must be attended. This helps you not only deal with the physical aspects of your addiction, but addresses the psychological aspects as well, and allows you to move towards a fuller recovery. To be successful on Suboxone, you must be willing to commit to treatment.
- Suboxone won’t get you high. Although Suboxone does have a strong opiate in it, the way it’s designed, it won’t get an opiate addict high. It gives you just enough to stop the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Unlike methadone, there is no heavy high when you take the medication, and with Suboxone, you can go about your daily life without interference from the drug or its side effects.
- Suboxone is prescribed by a doctor, not a clinic. One of people’s chief complaints when it comes to methadone treatment is that you must go to the clinic every day to get your dose, at least at the beginning of your treatment. Not only can this create difficulty with work or childcare, it can also feel degrading. With Suboxone, there are no clinics. Regular doctors are able to prescribe Suboxone after taking a specific class, and then prescribe a month’s worth of medication (sometimes two weeks) at a time, which you pick up at the pharmacy. There are no clinics. There are no daily visits.
Is Suboxone Right for You?
If you’ve tried to stop your addiction to opiates or alcohol before, but struggled to remain clean, Suboxone may offer you an alternative option. To find out if you’re an appropriate candidate, call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) to learn more. There is still hope for recovery no matter how many times you’ve tried.