Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse
You may be familiar with an ongoing cycle of feeling controlled by an unrecognizable behavior that you feel is not your own or you have noticed a loved one involved in this cycle. It may seem impossible to break the recurrence because of past attempts but hope is never lost. If you or a loved one is victim to addiction, you are among the many that experience the pain and those that it affects. Admitting you have an addiction can be difficult and even more so admitting to family or friends.

There are many factors that can affect your predisposition to such behavior. Addiction can affect you psychologically, physically, financially, emotionally and the list goes on but you have the power to overcome addiction. The symptoms of addiction are universal that include:
  • Intense withdrawals and uncontrollable cravings
  • Pursuing the substance despite of detriments it causes
  • Daily use that leads to tolerance
  • Inability to stop “cold turkey” despite of continuous attempts

Contrary to how you may feel, your addiction does not define who you are. Getting treated for substance abuse is imperative to reduce your risk of life-altering consequences.

Suboxone is specifically designed for the treatment of opiate dependency. Suboxone takes place of the opiate in the brain receptors that help suppress any withdrawals or cravings. While Suboxone is in the system a patient CANNOT benefit from the opiate. This helps prevent relapses, as well as gives them a chance to stop using without the impending withdrawal. Using Suboxone does not mean that you have chosen to replace a drug with another drug. Suboxone simply causes you to feel normal and does not give a euphoric feeling when consumed. You are not alone on this journey nor should you feel ashamed about getting help.

Suboxone Treatment:

Induction: Patients are evaluated by Dr. Kannegenti and the induction period usually lasts 2-3 days. The goal is to find the minimum dose of suboxone for the patient to discontinue other opiates without withdrawals, cravings, or side effects.

Stabilization: Patients are placed on the appropriate dose of suboxone without experiencing withdrawals or side effects and no pain medications are being used. This can take anywhere from 2-8 days.

Maintenance: Patients continue on appropriate dosage of Suboxone while attending monthly follow up sessions to monitor your progress.  Urine/lab testing and Suboxone prescriptions secure stability of recovery. This is the longest phase of the process. Attention is placed on the psychosocial aspect of the patient. Family issues are identified during treatment that may contribute to the patient’s addiction.

Detox/Trial Dose Reduction: Depends on the patient’s needs and motivation. There are many factors that go in to the patient’s time frame. The patient can either be on suboxone for a short period of time or long. Keep in mind that it is usually easier to detox from Buprenorphine than Opiates.

You have nothing to fear with professional help. Don’t let withdrawal keep you trapped in your addiction for one more day.  There is hope and help available with outpatient Suboxone treatment.  We can help you on the road to recovery for your new life today.  Call our office today and schedule an appointment.  (MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED)

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