At Daylight Detox and Recovery Center we believe each client that walks through our doors has a unique story, they should also receive a customized treatment plan based on their individual needs. One of our opioid addiction treatment programs is MAT, which stands for medication assisted treatment. A main prescription medication we use as a part of our MAT program is Suboxone.
Suboxone for MAT is an option for those clients battling an opioid addiction. Opiates are known as pain medications derived from opium. Common names for the prescription are codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone; these medications can be highly addictive. These prescription pain medications and other drugs like morphine and heroin are classified as opiates. Opioid is used for the entire family of opiates including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic. The crisis our country is currently facing is with all forms of opioids, which include prescription painkillers, heroin, and the new killer fentanyl. Suboxone has been proven successful in Medication Assisted Therapy for the treatment of all the above.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that includes the drugs Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is known as an “opioid partial agonist” and like other opioids it can induce feelings of euphoria and respiratory depression. The partial agonist characteristic makes the effects weaker than those of full opioids. Being weaker allows the buprenorphine to plug into the same receptors in an addicted individual’s brain who need that opioid presence in order to feel okay. The other ingredient, Naloxone is included to help prevent misuse of the Suboxone. It will cause withdrawal signs and symptoms if used in ways of abuse, such as injecting. These two drugs together make up Suboxone.
Suboxone is prescribed by a doctor but the ingredient Buprenorphine is known to be abused in a similar manner as other opioids so it is essential that proper clinical monitoring is done. Multiple refills should not be prescribed in early treatment or without client follow ups.
When we are prescribing Suboxone at Daylight Detox and Recovery, all of our medications are given with therapy.
All clients receiving a prescription for Suboxone are also in group and individual counseling sessions to aid with the addiction treatment. We do not just prescribe our clients Suboxone, they are in our program receiving one on one therapy while on the medication.
Suboxone is used to stop the cravings that clients experience while withdrawing from heroin and other opiates. We use a long term MAT program at Daylight with Suboxone to make sure the cravings do not come back and to reduce relapse. Suboxone maintenance programs are 50% more successful for opioid addiction treatment than the typical 12-step abstinence way of thinking.