Opioid abuse has become a national epidemic that destroys lives. At Uptown Psych, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, our top-rated psychiatrist offers a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that involves the use of Suboxone®, a prescription medication for opioid dependence. By combining prescription medication with innovative counseling and behavioral therapeutic practices, Our psychiatrist possesses a reliable formula to help treat substance abuse and help you get back to a healthy, drug-free life. The first step to treating addiction is showing up. Make an appointment by phone today.
Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence. It has proven effective in helping opioid addicts get off both illegal and prescription opioids. Suboxone treatment stimulates the brain’s opioid receptors without producing the same high as taking opioids.
What are the advantages of Suboxone?
One of the most obvious advantages to Suboxone treatment is that it cannot be taken to get the same full high that opioids give. This makes it much harder to abuse than other medications used to treat substance abuse, like methadone.
Also, Suboxone has increased the accessibility of treatment options to individuals with severe opioid dependence. But overall, the greatest benefit of Suboxone is that it’s proven effective in treating substance abuse.
The short answer is yes, Suboxone generally is safe. However, Suboxone can have side effects, including:
If you experience any of these side effects, talk to the provider right away. Before the provider prescribes Suboxone, he performs a thorough medical evaluation to make sure it’s safe for you to take. For example, if you have any organ damage, you may not be prescribed Suboxone. Never mix Suboxone with alcohol as it can lead to loss of consciousness or even death.
At Uptown Psych, we have in-house experts on prescribing Suboxone and working with substance abusers, offering a complete addiction treatment plan that includes counseling and behavioral therapy. This multi-faceted approach includes - but isn’t limited to - Suboxone, is most effective in treating addiction.
Your provider likely starts you on a low dosage with instructions on how and when to take Suboxone, which comes in the form of tablets and film. Do not change your dosage unless your provider tells you to. Your provider will monitor the medication’s effect on you, which could impact your dosage. Usually, the first two months or so serve as a trial period to see how you respond to treatment and whether you are continuing to abuse opioids or other drugs.