Opioids are one of the hardest substances to stop using, and according to research, opioid use is accompanied by alarmingly high rates of overdose and death. Addiction treatment can teach the skills for handling triggers and cravings, but opioid addiction often requires the additional support of a Suboxone treatment program.
Suboxone is a unique type of medication that alleviates opioid withdrawal symptoms and helps patients achieve the goal of long-term recovery.
To learn more, call 844.470.0410 and ask about Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction at Vertava Health Mississippi.
The Dangers of Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Opioids are highly addictive. Regular use quickly results in severe physical and psychological dependence. It can be incredibly difficult to decide to stop using opioids.
Often, an individual decides they want to overcome opioid addiction and attempts to detox, only to discover that stopping without support is extremely difficult. Unassisted opioid detox triggers severe withdrawal symptoms, with health consequences that range from dangerous to deadly.
Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches and pains
Opioid withdrawal often results in disorientation and flu-like symptoms. One of the greatest dangers of withdrawal is the risk of dehydration. Withdrawal dehydration can be severe enough to cause death.
Even a short attempt at opioid detox can significantly reduce a person’s tolerance. It’s common for an individual to attempt detox, find the withdrawal symptoms unbearable, and relapse to find relief.
Tragically, the sudden change in tolerance caused by the attempted detox can mean that the result of relapse is an overdose.
How Suboxone Helps with Withdrawal Symptoms
It should be clear that opioids are a double-edged sword; using them is often fatal, but attempting to stop them can be deadly as well. If you’re wondering how Suboxone helps with withdrawal, the answer has to do with the science behind opioid addiction.
The brain naturally contains opioid receptors. When a person takes an opioid like heroin or Percocet, the opioids in the drug bind to the opioid receptor sites in the brain, triggering chemical changes that bring feelings of pleasure and relief from pain.
Suboxone is one of several medications that target these opioid receptor sites, replacing stronger opioids and protecting against severe withdrawal symptoms.
Using Suboxone to treat opioid use disorder also helps patients deal with cravings because it manipulates the same opioid receptor sites as other opioids. However, it has less risk of addiction and is carefully reduced over time under the supervision of a prescriber until the patient is stable.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Using Suboxone to treat opioid addiction is a form of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Suboxone and other medications used in MAT are FDA-approved and clinically proven to provide relief from withdrawal symptoms and support both short and long-term recovery rates.
Suboxone treatment usually begins with an intake evaluation and the creation of a treatment plan.
Cravings are one of the greatest challenges in overcoming opioid addiction, and opioid cravings often persist long after detox is complete. A key benefit of Suboxone is that it begins working immediately to reduce severe cravings.
Suboxone offers a unique avenue for mental and emotional stabilization, allowing a patient to fully focus on the lessons of a treatment program without unnecessarily struggling with withdrawal symptoms.
Ask About Suboxone Treatment at Vertava Health Mississippi
If you’re still asking, “How does Suboxone work?” or “Is Suboxone treatment right for me?” the treatment team at Vertava Health Mississippi is here to answer your questions and connect you with the treatment program that can help you achieve long-term recovery.
Call 844.470.0410 today and ask about Suboxone treatment at Vertava Health Mississippi.