When used, following a comprehensive treatment program, Suboxone can offer relief from opioid cravings and make addiction recovery possible.
Suboxone is a combination of two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone, and is used for Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for people who are addicted to opioid painkillers.
Other addiction treatments cause serious withdrawal symptoms when an opioid addict abruptly stops using opioids. These side effects can be very difficult to manage and may cause depression in addiction to physical symptoms.
Suboxone helps with these withdrawal side effects and also plays an important role in helping to prevent a relapse.
While the use of MAT has proven to be effective, some people have some reservations about it because of fears brought about common misconceptions surrounding Suboxone.
Let’s debunk three of the most common myths about Suboxone.
Myth1: Suboxone is often abused
- The number of receptors that Suboxone can activate is very limited, which makes it very difficult to overdose on just Suboxone alone. Suboxone must be prescribed by a physician and patients must be regularly monitored while on MAT.
Myth2: You can’t take Suboxone for a long time.
- The amount of time a patient can take Suboxone as a part of Medication Assisted Treatment varies from one practitioner to the next.
- However, there is no scientific evidence of negative effects of long term use of the medication.
- Patients are advised to follow their doctor’s advice during treatment and ask any questions and voice concerns as appropriate.
Myth3: Suboxone will encourage addiction to other drugs.
- Suboxone is the most common form of Medication Assisted Treatment used by medical practitioners and is approved by the FDA. People who assume that Suboxone is just another prescription drug that causes addiction are misinformed. Suboxone is safe to use with the guidance of a qualified physician.
The myths circulating around the use of Suboxone as a treatment for opioid addiction acts as a barrier between addicts and a full recovery.
Both patients and caregivers should make themselves aware of all the facts about Suboxone before deciding to use this form of recovery therapy.
Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, founder of Long Island Compassion Medical Center on Long Island, can help you understand the efficacy of Suboxone i. patients with opioid addiction and its role in reducing the withdrawal symptoms.
Contact us today for an appointment to learn more about MAT and Suboxone at 631.588.4888