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Suboxone Specialist

Pain and Recovery Center

Addiction Medicine & Behavioral Health located in Albuquerque, NM

Opiate addiction is a growing problem in the United States, with opioid deaths steadily increasing each year. The team at Pain and Recovery Center understands how hard it can be to beat this addiction on your own. Their team offers women and men in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, personalized care, and takes a holistic approach to helping you overcome your addiction with SUBOXONE®. To learn more about the medically assisted treatment options at Pain and Recovery Center, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Suboxone Q&A

What is SUBOXONE® used to treat?

SUBOXONE is a prescription drug used for the treatment of opiate addiction. The drug prevents withdrawal symptoms in those recovering from opiate addiction by mimicking its effects. This lessens your brain's desire for opiates and helps you recover from opiate addiction.  

How does SUBOXONE work?

SUBOXONE is made from two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. These two medications work together to lessen withdrawal symptoms while also preventing misuse of SUBOXONE itself.

Buprenorphine is the primary ingredient. This medication is a partial agonist and produces the same effects that people on opioids experience but to a lesser extent. This helps prevent you from feeling full withdrawal symptoms.

Naloxone is included in a smaller amount and is designed to help prevent misuse of SUBOXONE. It does this by inducing withdrawal symptoms should you attempt to take SUBOXONE via injection rather than orally as it's intended. 

How much and how often should I take SUBOXONE?

The team at Pain and Recovery Center evaluates your condition and creates a personalized prescription plan for you. It 's essential to follow your provider's instructions carefully while you're under medically assisted treatment. However, SUBOXONE treatment is typically done in three phases.

These three phases include:

  • Induction: The beginning of treatment
  • Stabilization: Patient no longer craves opiate drugs
  • Maintenance: Tapering off period

The first phase of treatments, Induction, should be started within a day or two after the last opiate drug is taken. If taken much later, SUBOXONE can actually make withdrawal symptoms worse, instead of preventing them.

During the Stabilization phase, you should no longer experience withdrawal symptoms or crave opiate drugs. During this phase, your Pain and Recovery Center provider may adjust the amount of medication you take, as well as the frequency.

The last phase, Maintenance, is dedicated to safely tapering you off the drug. This may include taking steady doses for a period of time before stepping down the dose and eventually no longer needing to use SUBOXONE.

If you're struggling with opiate addiction, the team at Pain and Recovery Center offers compassionate care through medically assisted treatment. Take the first step in beating your addiction by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.