What is Suboxone Outpatient Treatment and Should I Detox First?
In your search to find the right program to help you overcome opiate dependency, you have probably been introduced to several different drugs used in outpatient treatment and you most likely need to know: what is Suboxone outpatient treatment and should I detox first?
What is Outpatient Treatment?
An outpatient treatment allows an individual to continue their daily routine such as going to work, school or taking care of their family while at the same time getting treatment for substance use. The way it works is the individual will self-report to a clinic or doctor’s office to receive medication that will control their withdrawal symptoms and cravings while they detox at home. There are many different outpatient treatments and Suboxone outpatient treatment is one of them.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Suboxone is a prescription opiate narcotic, approved by the FDA in the treatment of opioid dependency. The active ingredient in Suboxone is Buprenorphine which acts as a partial agonist which means that it is limited in how much it can activate the opioid receptors. It will prevent withdrawal symptoms but it will not create the “high” or euphoria that people get from using Heroin or prescription painkillers. Another feature of Suboxone is that it is very effective at preventing drug cravings. Suboxone also has a second ingredient, Naloxone which acts as an opiate antagonist which prevents the drug from being abused. An individual engaged in addictive behavior will resort to drastic measures to get high including crushing pills and then snorting or injecting the drug to achieve euphoria faster. Naloxone prevents this by filling and blocking the opioid receptors and keeping other drugs from activating the receptors. If an individual tries to tamper with the medication, the Naloxone will immediately send the individual into full withdrawal.
Will I Need to Detox?
Chronic opiate use changes the brain’s structure. In non-opiate dependent persons, the brain’s opioid receptors are activated by endorphin chemicals. Have you ever heard the term “runner’s high”? Strenuous activity can cause the release of endorphins to create the high. However, in persons who are opiate dependent, the opioid receptors are saturated by the drugs to create the high. Long-term opiate use will lead to tolerance which means that the person will need to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects. If the person stops the drug use or decreases the amount they have been taking, they will begin to experience withdrawal because the opioid receptors are not being saturated in the way they are used to. Suboxone outpatient treatment is a method for detoxing from opiates, so you will not go to a traditional inpatient detox treatment before you begin a Suboxone program. However, Suboxone was not intended to be taken for years and years. There are reports that some people have been taking the drug for as long as 20 years and many people trying to quit Suboxone use do need detox in order to do so. Do you have questions about Suboxone outpatient treatment and detox? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn about our facility and to get the facts on medical detox and Suboxone.