The Role of Suboxone Medication Assisted Treatment in Rehab
Once you’ve made the decision to go to rehab, you want to get the best possible outcome. And if you’re one of the millions of people addicted to opiates, you need to consider if medication assisted treatment is right for you and consider the role that Suboxone can play in drug and alcohol rehab.
Are you addicted to drugs or alcohol? Do you think Suboxone could help you stay sober? Then call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) now to talk to someone who can help you get the treatment you need.
What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?
Medication assisted treatment, also known as MAT, occurs when a patient is given an FDA-approved medication to help reduce the negative symptoms of drug addiction in coordination with traditional drug and alcohol treatments, such as rehab, counseling, and 12 step groups. Suboxone is one of these medications.
Approved by the FDA in 2002, Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and naloxone. It has shown to reduce the symptoms of opiate withdrawal and the cravings that often occur afterwards.
Suboxone and Rehab
When used in conjunction with an individualized comprehensive treatment plan, Suboxone has shown to help people gain and stay in recovery.
Here are some of the roles Suboxone has in rehab:
- Managing Withdrawal: Suboxone helps elevate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. A partial opiate agonist, it fills the void on the brain’s opiod receptors and stops withdrawal from occurring.
- Quicker Detox: While traditional detox takes between three and seven days, with Suboxone, the medication can be given within 24 hours. As soon as physical withdrawal symptoms are present, the medication is administered and symptoms begin to reduce.
- Find the Right Dosage: When Suboxone is started post-rehab, the patient meets with the doctor every few days during his or her induction phase to help find the right dose that eliminates cravings and withdrawal, but does not get the patient too high. Yet when the medication is started during inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, there is 24 hour monitoring and it’s easier to find the best therapeutic dose and lower the risk of misuse.
- Safely Stabilize: Like starting any medication, there is an introductory phase before the patient stabilizes. When Suboxone is started in rehab, this stabilization can be reached before the patient is discharged, improving his or her chance for long-term recovery.
Is Suboxone Right for You?
While Suboxone does help many of those addicted to prescription pain pills and heroin get sober, it may not be right for everyone. It is a powerful medication and should only be considered by certain individuals. Suboxone may be right for you if:
- You’re addicted to opiates
- You experience withdrawal when you stop using
- You’ve gone to rehab before and relapsed
- You’re serious about getting sober
Learn More about the Role Suboxone in Rehab
If you think Suboxone may be right for you, it’s time to learn more about the role it can play in your inpatient treatment. Call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) today to speak to an addiction specialist who has helped others addicted to opiates get the treatment they need. Contact us today.