Once opioid addiction takes hold, the addiction sufferer is going to be at the mercy of their ability to recognize they are going down a dangerous road. The hope is they will eventually recognize what’s going on and eventually make the decision to stop using their opioid drug of choice. It’s only at that point that they are going to be ready to consider opioid addiction treatment.
If you have been struggling with an addiction to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain killers, it’s time to think about getting help. The longer you keep living in the cycle of addiction, the more likely you are to face serious repercussions. Why? Opioid addiction seldom takes prisoners. There will come a point where you are putting your life at risk.
In the following sections, the discussion is going to focus on opioid addiction and the opioid addiction treatment process. During the discussion, there will also be a focus on the use of suboxone and buprenorphine in an addiction treatment setting. Here at Silver Creek we can prescribe suboxone and subutex to help you overcome your addiction or a loved ones.
Opioid abuse has become a serious problem throughout the world, especially in the U.S. where experts say there is an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic. The appeal of opioid substances like heroin and prescription painkillers is the euphoria these drugs deliver in the early days of abuse. Unfortunately for users, opiate-based substances are highly addictive. It doesn’t take long for someone to form an addiction to said substances. With addiction comes misery.
While abusing these types of substances is inherently dangerous, the decision to stop abusing them can be just as dangerous in the short-term. What we are referring to is the dangerous nature of the withdrawal symptoms that kick in after an extended period of abstinence from opioids.
As part of a opioid addiction treatment process, there is almost always a need for the addiction sufferer to get help with the detox process. Why? Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more common opioid withdrawal symptoms associated with the opioid detox process:
This is quite a list. You should be able to see why treatment will almost always start with a medically monitored detox program.
When an opioid addiction sufferer finds their way in for addiction treatment, the addiction treatment facility will typically go through an intake process. During the process, the treatment facility’s administrative staff is trying to gather information about the extent of the client’s addiction.
When necessary, which is common with severe addictions, clients will get placement in a medically monitored detox program. The goal of said programs is to make sure clients are safe and secure why they go through withdrawal. Should a client start to experience real pain or discomfort, there will be medical staffers standing by to offer relief medications. We are not yet talking about drugs like buprenorphine or suboxone. We are talking about basic relief medications to help manage pain and sleeping issues.
After completing a detox program, the hope is clients will be ready for the therapy portion of treatment. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with clients who enter addiction treatment with a severe addiction to opioids. That’s when the discussion must start about the use of tapering drugs like buprenorphine or suboxone.
When a severe addiction to opiate substances like heroin and fentanyl is evident, the detox treatment process becomes complicated. It’s not always best for an addiction sufferer to stop using “cold turkey” and go right into an addiction treatment facility. Why? Doing so could put their longterm health at risk. That’s why it’s often safer for opioid addiction sufferers to go through the detox process in a more controlled manner. That’s the point in the addiction treatment process where the role of a suboxone doctor becomes relevant.
In a suboxone clinic environment, clients get to work with a suboxone doctor who is responsible for prescribing and administering tapering medications like suboxone and buprenorphine. The tapering medications a suboxone doctor prescribes serve a very important purpose in the addiction treatment process.
The fact is both suboxone and buprenorphine are opiate-based substances. They just don’t have the same addictive properties as opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. Note: In medical terms, both buprenorphine and suboxone are opioid antagonists. They act to trick the brain into thinking it is getting the opioids it craves, which effectively satisfies the brain and body’s need for opioids.
During the tapering process, a suboxone doctor will start the client off with a combination of buprenorphine and suboxone. Over the next few days, the doctor will eventually eliminate the former drug from the regimen and start slowly decreasing the use of suboxone.
As the doctor starts decreasing the client’s tapering drug regimen during treatment, the client’s dependence on opioids will decrease as well. In all, the tapering detox process could take as little as two weeks to complete. At the other end of the spectrum, the tapering process could add as much as a month or more to the overall opioid addiction treatment process.
If you feel your addiction to opioids is significant, you might have to consider starting the opioid addiction treatment process in a suboxone clinic. If you are not sure where to start, you can come to Silver Creek. We are authorized to prescribe subutex and suboxone. If you’re too far from us you can report to a regular drug and alcohol addiction treatment center where they can give you a referral as needed. That’s the easiest way to find the right clinic.
If you decide to go it on your own, you should be looking for a reputable clinic that offers access to a trained suboxone doctor. If you are wondering how to find such a clinic, we would like to suggest the following five ways to find a suboxone doctor and clinic near you.
Since drug addiction is both a physical and mental health issue, it is appropriate to visit your primary healthcare physician. It will allow your doctor to review your current health status for possible issues. Once you confide in them that you might have a significant opioid addiction issue, their natural inclination should be to refer you for treatment. In all likelihood, they are privy to top clinics in your area.
While the phonebook might be somewhat obsolete, the internet is chalked full of information. You can always start your search for a clinic on the internet by putting in the relevant keywords and your area of residence.
What should pop up if you use the right keywords are detox clinics that specialize in the use of buprenorphine and suboxone. Like a phone salesperson, you can then start calling some of these clinics until you find one in your area that offers the services you need and has availability.
The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment does a good job of keeping tabs on clinics throughout the country. You can use their locator to match you up with facilities in your area that might have bed space and the services you need. You will still have to make a phone call or two, but the locator should help you avoid wasting time with facilities that don’t have what you want/need.
Technology is starting to play a major role is the way healthcare professionals deliver healthcare services. Through the use of video/audio conferencing technology, telehealth services are becoming very popular in America.
If you live in a rural area where you don’t have easy access to major cities, this could be your best option. It might seem impractical to treat addictions through the internet, but more than a few providers have figured out how to make it work.
While a clinic might advertise itself as a methadone clinic, they may also offer a broader range of services. Remember, methadone clinics were the precursors for all other types of detox clinics. It’s quite possible you can find a methadone clinic that also offers a wide range of detox programs.
We hope you will find this information useful. If you are suffering from an addiction problem, we encourage you to reach out for help as soon as possible.