Suboxone for Addiction Treatment and Opiate Detox
Inspire Malibu is the world’s leader in the proper usage of Suboxone. Suboxone is used for safe and comfortable detoxification from opiates (prescription pain medications). Subutex and Suboxone treat opiate addiction by preventing symptoms of withdrawal from heroin and other opiates.
Subutex (buprenorphine hydrochloride) and Suboxone tablets (buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride) are approved for the treatment of opiate dependence.
Inspire Malibu supports the use of Suboxone for recovery maintenance, in the appropriate circumstances for the suitable client. Many treatment centers do not.
At Inspire Malibu founding medical director Dr. A.R. Mohammad was the first doctor in the state of California, to be licensed to use Suboxone. Inspire Malibu was also the first treatment center in California to begin using Suboxone as the latest scientific method of comfortable opiate detox. Inspire Malibu has been using Suboxone longer than any other treatment center in California. Dr. A.R. Mohammad, is considered to be one of the leading authorities on opiate detox and withdrawal using Suboxone.
What is “Managed Maintenance”?
Managed Maintenance is a proven success program that restores health, life and hope to those unique individuals who, because of either systemic or acquired medical conditions, have become completely dependent on opiates.
Patients with ten to fifteen year addiction histories with medical conditions such as Hepatitis C, HIV, heart problems, and/or psychiatric complications are considered special cases. These are not the norm, but not being a “normal addict” is no reason to be denied effective life saving, health restoring treatment.
Without Managed Maintenance, 80% of these extreme cases immediately fall right back into dangerous addiction.
The FDA approved prescription medication Suboxone utilized at Inspire Malibu is the proper and effective way to replace dangerous and illegal substances. Suboxone, used in detox, keeps patients from experiencing life threatening, debilitating withdrawal, and allows them to remain physically stable.
What is Suboxone?
SUBOXONE is a prescription medicine that is used to treat adults who are addicted (dependent) on opioid drugs (prescription or illegal), as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy.
SUBOXONE is a controlled substance (CIII) because it contains Buprenorphine, which can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines or street drugs.
SUBOXONE should always be kept in a safe place to protect it from theft. It should never be given to anyone other than who it is prescribed; as it may cause death and harm. Selling or giving away Suboxone is against the law. Suboxone is not for occasional or “as needed” use.
What are the Ingredients in SUBOXONE?
Active Ingredients: Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Suboxone is only available by prescription, and administered by a physician. Suboxone comes in tablet form, and easily dissolves under the tongue. It is a “partial opiate.”
Partial Opiates are similar to full opiates such as Heroin, Vicodin, or Methadone. Suboxone gives the brain what it desires without the dangers associated with full opiated drugs.
An easy way to understand the use of Suboxone in Managed Maintenance is to think of training wheels on a bicycle. Training wheels provide physical balance while promoting personal assurance and confidence during the learning process. In time, the rider balances perfectly, independently.
What’s the right time to stop the Suboxone?
For the extreme opiate dependent patient, the managed use of Suboxone makes it possible for them to acquire the life skills and personal balance to ride “the bike of life” without crashing. It is rewarding and wonderful to see the transformation of opiate addicts into healthy, happy, stable individuals free from cravings, illegal drugs, and life threatening behavior.
At Inspire Malibu, we treat a physical disease in much the same manner as we treat heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. How long a medication should be administered is best determined by the treating physician in consultation with the individual patient. Whether or not a patient should continue taking medication for their condition and what medication would be most effective is determined in a case by case basis by a physician.
Suboxone Withdrawal Treatment Doctors
Inspire Malibu treats every patient in the manner most conducive to their personal health and happiness. As patients internalize and integrate the therapeutic tools given them, the patients recognize the “right time” to taper off the use of Suboxone until it is completely discontinued.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment Centers
Currently there are not enough addiction treatment centers to help all patients seeking opiate dependence treatments. Methadone can only be dispensed in a limited number of clinics that specialize in addiction treatment.
Subutex and Suboxone are the first narcotic drugs available under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000. The treatment of opiate dependence can now be prescribed in a doctor’s office. This change will provide more patients the opportunity to access treatment.
Physical dependence is not the same as drug addiction. SUBOXONE contains an opioid that can cause physical dependence. Patients should not stop taking SUBOXONE without first speaking with their doctor. They may feel sick from the uncomfortable signs of withdrawal symptoms because the body has become used to the medication.
Suboxone Side Effects
A physician should do tests before a patient begins taking Suboxone as well as while using the prescribed drug.
Patients taking Suboxone have a higher risk of death and coma if combined with other medications that utilize benzodiazepines. Various side effects such as respiratory problems, sleepiness, dizziness, and problems with coordination have been recorded.
Dependency or abuse can cause liver problems such as yellowish skin or the white part of patient’s eyes turning yellow (symptoms of jaundice), dark-colored urine, or light-colored stools, a decrease in appetite, or nausea with stomach and abdominal pain. Call a doctor immediately if any of these signs are present.
Some patients may experience an allergic reaction and or have a rash, hives, facial swelling, wheezing, or a loss of blood pressure and consciousness.
Symptoms and other signs to watch for can include nausea and vomiting, drug withdrawal syndrome, headaches, increased sweating, numb mouth, constipation, pain in the tongue, disturbances in attention, irregular heart beat or palpitations, insomnia or trouble sleeping, blurry vision, and back pains.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms and Opioid Withdrawal
Withdrawal Symptoms can include:
- increased sweating
- an unnatural feeling of hot or cold
- runny nose
- watery eyes
- goose bumps
- muscle aches combined with a decrease in blood pressure or a dizzy sensation when standing up too quickly from sitting or lying down position
Contact a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms develop.
Call us Toll-Free at 1-800-444-1838 to find out more about our Suboxone doctors and how Suboxone can help with your addiction.