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Suboxone TreatmentColumbia, SC

Suboxone is a type of medication that treats someone who is dependent upon or addicted to opioids. The most commonly used illegal opioid is heroin, which is also one of the most difficult substances someone can recover from and no matter how long they have been using. Legal opioid abuse includes prescribed painkillers.

Suboxone can help reduce the cravings that are so prominent when someone is trying to break an opioid addiction and can give them a better chance at succeeding through the recovery process. According to the World Health Organization, no single treatment is effective for all individuals with opioid dependence, making diverse treatment options necessary.

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Suboxone treatment can help to relieve the severe withdrawal symptoms that are to be expected when someone stops using opioids. Since withdrawal symptoms from using opioids can be so severe, many addicted individuals will continue using opioids in order to avoid the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone treatment allows the patient to experience withdrawal symptoms that are not as severe, helping them to remain in treatment. Suboxone treatment also helps to decrease any cravings the patient may be experiencing when they stop using opioids.


In order for Suboxone treatment to work successfully, the patient will need to closely follow the treatment plan made by an experienced medical professional, i.e. their doctor, their Psychiatrist. Suboxone treatment is also known as Suboxone detox and is one of the most prescribed medications for treating opiate addiction.

When a patient receives a Suboxone prescription by their general doctor, they do not normally need hospitalization. Instead, the patient can make regular visits to a clinic in order to follow the treatment plan and remain at home. Some patients may need residential treatment, which will be dependent upon each particular case.


Suboxone treatment is an alternative option to treat people with an addiction to opioids. Opioids can include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, morphine and more. While legal opioids are generally safe to take over a short amount of time, users can often develop an addiction due to the euphoria that opioids create in order to give the patient the pain relief they need.


There are many benefits for a patient who receives approval for Suboxone treatment, including experiencing fewer symptoms, fewer cravings, less pain and having supervision from a team of medical professionals. The team of professionals will help to monitor the patient and promote the recovery process. In the cases where the patient remains at home and makes regular visits for the Suboxone treatment, the team will help the patient integrate the treatment into the daily routine.

Along with Suboxone treatment, counseling is highly recommended as an all-around treatment plan for opioid addiction.


A Suboxone doctor is a general doctor who can write a Suboxone prescription for any of their patients with an addiction to or who are currently dependent upon opioids. Methadone is another form of treatment for an opioid addiction and is only available at an addiction clinic. Since Suboxone is a treatment option that works in many cases, it can potentially be beneficial for people who are suffering from an addiction to opioids and is more common than methadone. A general doctor can prescribe Suboxone, making it more accessible to those who are looking for solutions to their opioid addiction.


According to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Psychiatrists who are trained in addiction are in a unique position to identify concurrent psychiatric and substance use problems in individuals seeking treatment for either or both conditions. An addiction Psychiatrist plays an important part when it comes to helping patients stop using drugs because they are able to oversee the withdrawal process, which is done in order to make sure that the patient is safe while going through the withdrawal process.

The fact that opioids can change the brains neurochemistry makes it necessary for many of those who are dependent on opioids to seek the help of an addiction Psychiatrist in order to get their medical expertise.


When the doctor or patient determines that the patient has an opioid addiction, they are going to need opioid treatment in order to break the addiction. Opioid addiction is a chronic medical addiction because it changes the way the brain works. This change in the way the brain works makes it even more difficult for someone to free themselves from this addiction.

Since opioids change the brain it is not a matter of someone having the willpower to stop using opioids and instead they will need medical treatment in order to address and break free from their opioid addiction.


Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine.

Approved for clinical use in October 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), buprenorphine represents the latest advance in medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Medications such as buprenorphine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid dependency. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective.

Unlike methadone treatment, which must be performed in a highly structured clinic, buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid dependency that is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices, significantly increasing treatment access. Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), qualified U.S. physicians can offer buprenorphine for opioid dependency in various settings, including in an office, community hospital, health department, or correctional facility.

As with all medications used in MAT, buprenorphine is prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.

Buprenorphine offers several benefits to those with opioid dependency and to others for whom treatment in a methadone clinic is not preferred or is less convenient. The FDA has approved the following buprenorphine products:

Buprenorphine-containing Transmucosal products for opioid dependency

Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets

Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) film

Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film


Non-suboxone options may include the Bridge Device. Call us for more information on this option.

Counseling services are available and recommended but not required.

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