Addiction treatment is not a one size fits all type of program. There are unique aspects of addiction that impact each of us in different ways. For example, did you know that 37% of people struggling with alcohol addiction and 53% struggling with an addiction to drugs have at least one underlying mental health disorder?
Did you know that addiction is considered a medical condition and can require long term care in a treatment facility?
There is a large variety of types of treatment programs. Those struggling with addiction or those with family members or loved ones struggling with substance use or drug abuse can take advantage of it. These include intensive outpatient care, inpatient treatment, cognitive therapies, support groups, and a specialized treatment known as medication-assisted treatment or MAT.
What is Suboxone Treatment?
MAT is a specialized type of treatment plan that is mainly focused on providing treatment for opioid dependence. You may have also heard of this treatment as “methadone maintenance,” or you may have heard of someone attending a Suboxone clinic.
Treatment for addiction that uses MAT protocols often features the use of one or two main medications. These are buprenorphine and naloxone, when combined into one medication they are also known as Suboxone. Naloxone when prescribed by itself is primarily used for medication-assisted treatment for alcohol addiction. While buprenorphine has a number of brand names depending on delivery such as Suboxone (films/strips) or Subutex (subcutaneous injection) and is primarily for treatment of opioid addictions.
When it comes to opioid addiction, there are many ways that someone may end up having an addiction to opioids. One of the more especially common methods is using legally prescribed painkillers, like Vicodin, after surgery. Not everyone who takes their pain medicines as prescribed by a doctor will end up addicted. According to recent studies, over 4.5 million people across America are using their prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons.
How Suboxone Clinics Combat the Opioid Crisis in Arizona
The graph you see here is a visual way to look at the number of opioid deaths.
The line representing prescription opioids is higher than the other types consistently since 1999.
One trend found during the current opioid crisis is that prescription opioids have been prescribed at higher rates than in the past. For example, the national average of prescriptions for opioid medications for every 100 patients a doctor sees is 51.4! That means that 51 to 52 patients out of every 100 receive a prescription for an opioid-based medicine. Within Arizona, the current number is 50.7 prescriptions for every 100 patients.
Not everyone who is prescribed an opioid or uses it as prescribed will get addicted. However, it does happen and it can happen to anyone. For example, it may be your neighbor who recently had knee surgery but looks like they are feeling fine. It may be the local pizza delivery driver who got in an accident while making a delivery and still uses the painkillers even without needing them for pain.
Addiction to opioids can present itself in many ways, but some things it may be helpful to look out for are:
- The feeling of needing to cut back on painkiller usage, or feelings of guilt while using them
- Mood swings as well as becoming less interested in once pleasurable things
- Spending more time thinking about taking medications or finding access to them
- Continuing to use or crave usage even after negative consequences have occurred
These are not all the signs or symptoms, but they are some of the most common that may be experienced when taking an opioid as prescribed becomes something more.
So how do Suboxone clinics help us combat the crisis? One of the most significant ways Suboxone helps is that when used under the guidance of a professional, it can provide a safe way to get away from the addictive substances. It is important to remember that Suboxone does NOT replace one substance for another, and it isn’t replacing one addiction with another.
The other huge benefit of Suboxone relates to the fact that it has been found to significantly decrease overdose deaths. We saw before that the number of prescriptions for opioids is going up, and so are opioid-related overdoses. Suboxone is a safe alternative to get off of opioids once both body and mind become addicted. That makes a huge difference in our likelihood of overdose, especially since Suboxone is clinically proven to reduce the cravings associated with opioid addiction!
And of course, knowing the risks of overdose, it can seem tempting just to stop cold turkey once we see these signs in ourselves or loved ones. However, more often than not, that is not the safest option.
Suboxone for Detox
Detoxification from any substance is a common first step in treatment for substance use and drug addiction. It can also come with a whole host of other issues like withdrawal effects. Suboxone is the first medication that was ever approved for outpatient treatment settings, and it complements detox particularly well.
The main ingredient in Suboxone is scientifically proven to suppress withdrawal symptoms and even decrease cravings when taking Suboxone during the detox process. There are some essential pieces of treatment with Suboxone to know.
- An intake procedure that will determine your needs and the benefits of taking Suboxone
- Starting Suboxone and becoming stabilized to combat any unpleasant cravings or withdrawal symptoms from the opiate addiction
- Maintenance of Suboxone regimen and medically supervised withdrawal for stopping Suboxone altogether
Pinnacle Peak is Here to Help With Your Suboxone Therapy
At Pinnacle Peak Recovery, we recognize that having treatment options at a treatment center that cares for you is essential. A treatment center that thoroughly understands the science behind addiction and the evidence-based treatment options provided by Suboxone clinics and Suboxone doctors is a big deal. We also know the importance of a family environment and compassionate staff who care since we’ve been treating addiction since 2011 here in the Scottsdale area.
You may be asking yourself questions like:
- What is Suboxone?
- What are the side effects of Suboxone based treatment?
- How long do Suboxone and Naloxone last in your system?
- How long is withdrawal, and what are the withdrawal symptoms?
The good news is that here at Pinnacle Peak, we realize the importance of finding clear and easy to follow answers to these burning questions before entering into treatment. So we’ve created a series of information pages that can help you get all the answers to your questions and more.
Our phone lines are also always open for any questions that you may have about Pinnacle Peak, our treatment options, or what the next steps are. Don’t wait, your first steps into the journey of recovery start here, and we are ready to help. Call us at 866-954-0524 or learn more about our programs here.
-Can a family doctor prescribe Suboxone?
Only physicians who have taken a course on addiction treatment or who already possess certain credentials in the form of a special DEA # may write prescriptions for Suboxone. If your family doctor meets these requirements they may be able to write a prescription, however, treatment is most effective with an experienced MAT team.
-Where can I get prescribed Suboxone?
Prescriptions for Suboxone may only be written by providers with special credentials. Some places you may find these types of providers are addiction treatment facilities, Suboxone clinics, emergency departments, and very few local doctors’ offices. While local doctors and ERs may have the ability to write the prescriptions, they are not set up for long term care so we recommend that you seek treatment at specialized care locations.
-How do I get started on Suboxone?
To begin Suboxone, you will need to attend an intake appointment at a treatment facility. During this visit, you will be checked and assessed to be sure that Suboxone is the best option for you and you will also be able to create a unique treatment plan that fits your needs and wants. Call us at 866-954-0524 or learn more about our customizable programs here.