Opiate addiction is a growing problem in the United States, with opioid deaths steadily increasing each year. Dr. Paul Williams at Houcks Road Family Practice understands how hard it can be to beat this addiction on your own. Dr. Williams offers women and men in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area personalized care and takes a holistic approach to helping you overcome your addiction. To learn more about Dr. Williams’s medically assisted treatment options, or to start your journey to an opiate-free life, contact his office or schedule an appointment online.
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.
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.
Dr. Williams determines an individualized prescription plan for you, and it’s important to follow his instructions carefully while you’re under medically assisted treatment. However, SUBOXONE is typically done in three phases.
These three phases include:
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, Dr. Williams 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, Dr. Williams and his staff offer compassionate care through medically assisted treatment. Take the first step in beating your addiction by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.