When in recovery, specific types of medication are typically prescribed to help your body more easily cope with the changes you must make to begin anew. As you might expect, each doctor typically prefers to provide patients with a different medication. In general, however, Suboxone has become the preferred treatment aid, particularly in helping people recover from opioid use. In fact, Suboxone is now used more than methadone, which can be habit-forming.

Today, many people use Suboxone at the start of addiction treatment, as well as in continuing treatment and recovery. As you begin treatment at Kemet, your doctor or addiction counselor can help you come up with a personalized treatment plan and determine how to best use the medication to your benefit.



What Is In Suboxone?

Suboxone is a “combination” medication, so named because it contains two primary ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.

  • Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, i.e. a chemical that binds to a receptor and activates the receptor to produce a biological response. When taken by a patient in recovery, Buprenorphine blocks the opiate receptors and reduces that person’s urges and cravings, helping them to detox and fight addiction without strong withdrawal. Patients on it report feeling normal, functional, and having a clear head all day, which allows them to make positive choices the way they did prior to their addiction.
  • Naloxone helps reverse the effects of opioids. It binds to opioid receptors in the body and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It is present to prevent diversion behaviors and only activates when injected or snorted.

Together, these drugs can help prevent the terrible withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction, as well as help to discourage relapse. This allows a patient in recovery to focus on doing just that, with fewer physical and psychological distractions.


What Can I Expect When Taking Suboxone?

Suboxone helps alleviate and potentially eliminate opioid withdrawal symptoms along with cravings. When first starting Suboxone, you may still feel uncomfortable due to some initial withdrawal symptoms. Over time, however, any discomfort should fade away, and your Suboxone will become a regular part of your life - at least until it is time to reduce your dose and cease use entirely.


Can I Just Take Suboxone and Recover?

While it can make a big difference in how patients feel, Suboxone alone cannot help someone fully recover. However, when it is combined with counseling and other forms of support, it can be highly effective in helping patients recover from addiction. Recovery is complex.

This is why Kemet Health offers a full range of services that work within these guidelines. Our counseling and therapy will help you target your underlying reason(s) for opioid use and find new ways to cope with pain and stress - reducing your risk of relapse over time.


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