When it Comes to Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Addiction: GET THE FACTS

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Any opioid pain pill or heroin user knows about the horrible physical and emotional opiate detox that often come along with trying to get clean. Often, that alone can keep a person using long after they want to quit.

What if there was a treatment that made detox and quitting easier? There is! And doctors around the world believe it’s the gold standard in Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction.

If you live in New York, you’re in luck! Dr. Jahan Chaudhry, founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, has been successfully treating patients with Suboxone through his Medication-Assisted Treatment program for several years.

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If you don’t live in New York, you may be looking or access to a physician who can prescribe Suboxone under a qualified MAT program. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim.

According to the Journal of Addiction Medicine, less than half of privately funded treatment centers offer MAT and less than a third of patients struggling with opiate misuse ever receive it.

How is that possible? And why?

Here are the facts. It’s a good idea to pay attention because all the facts seem to be overshadowed by plenty of myths, hearsay and mis-information.

FACT 1- Suboxone helps you survive detox

Suboxone, the popular name brand of medication buprenorphine/naloxone, reduces cravings and the withdrawal effects from pain pills and heroin. Suboxone helps you survive opiate detox, and stabilizes you for a sober life.

Suboxone is an expert-backed option that, along with counseling and behavior modification, act as treatment to help you stay sober. Thus, medication-assisted treatment.

FACT 2- MAT works

Expert organizations including the World Health Organization have the data and research that prove MAT decreases opioid use, opioid related-deaths, and increases success in treatment. This isn’t up for debate, studies show medication-assisted treatment saves lives, and helps people stay clean and sober.  

FACT 3- All “drugs” are NOT created equal.

In Narcotics Anonymous, the belief is “A drug is a drug is a drug, and if you’re on one, you aren’t sober.”

But this simply isn’t true. You do not have to continue living in pain. And it’s these unfounded beliefs that keep many users stuck. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that  “Suboxone, or other forms of buprenorphine/naloxone, can reduce the likelihood that you’ll relapse and die.” When taken as prescribed, Suboxone can improve your quality of life and chances of long-term recovery.

FACT 4-  Suboxone DOES NOT make you high

Why would you think it does? Because of Methadone, Suboxone’s medication-assisted treatment precursor, does. However, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, with a weaker side effects than heroin or methadone. Doctors report that there is a “ceiling effect,” meaning if you do feel any sort of buzz, it will level off even if you increase your dose. Meaning that, by definition, you won’t be able to get high. You’ll be stabilized.

Studies show that Suboxone helps to manage drug cravings and correct trauma and drug use-related brain changes. 

FACT 5 – You are NOT trading one drug for another

There’s a big difference between addiction and dependence.

Certain drugs cause physical dependence. For example, antidepressants like SSRIs, certain blood pressure medications, and epilepsy medications all cause physical dependence.

When you stop taking these medications, you experience some type of withdrawal from them. Does this mean we’re all addicted to our medications? No. It means our bodies have adapted to them and they are doing what they are intended to do.

Studies, research and clinical data prove that addiction is a brain disease. It’s a disease characterized by compulsive drug use despite harmful consequences.

With Suboxone, research proves that cravings decrease, and you can focus on daily living free of addiction.

Like anything, there’s plenty of misinformation out there. Facts matter. “Fake news” can be all consuming. Everyone has an opinion. Don’t be fooled. Get the facts.

Based on the facts, Suboxone should not be the best kept secret or the enemy. It should be available to any addict who wants to get clean and back to their lives.

Dr. Chaudhry will help you get off of painkillers fast – often in as few as three days. Call today or an appointment to learn more: 631-588-4888. Learn more about MAT and Suboxone: www.recovery.longislandpainrelief.com.