Suboxone Treatment Specialist

Essential Medical Care

Family Medicine & Pain Management located in College Park, GA

If you’re struggling to overcome opioid addiction, Suboxone® treatment might provide relief. At Essential Medical Care, family medicine physician Vickie James, MD, offers Suboxone treatment to people experiencing symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Call the office in College Park, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.

Suboxone Treatment Q&A

What is Suboxone treatment?

Suboxone treatment is an FDA-approved therapy from the UK pharmaceutical firm Indivior. It relieves the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Specifically, it uses prescription medicines, including buprenorphine and naloxone, to ease nausea, sweating, headaches, and other side effects of opioid dependence and withdrawal.

Buprenorphine is a drug that blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. While naloxone blocks the effects of the opioid drugs themselves, helping you make the transition to sobriety.

Is Suboxone treatment effective?

Yes. Clinical studies show that Suboxone treatment is very effective at reducing the cravings associated with long-term opioid use.

That said, it seems to work best when used for extended periods. For example, one study found that addicts who received Suboxone treatment for 12 weeks were more likely to stay sober than individuals who received treatment for only two weeks.

What does Suboxone treatment involve?

Before prescribing Suboxone, Dr. James reviews your medical history, asks about your opioid dependence, and completes a physical exam.  She might order lab tests, like blood work and a urinalysis, to determine how much opioid medication is in your bloodstream.

After gathering the necessary information, Dr. James develops a custom care plan. Suboxone treatment typically comes in three stages:

1) Induction

Induction is the process of weaning you off your current medicine and transitioning to Suboxone. The goal of this phase is to relieve the symptoms of quitting opioids cold turkey.

2) Stabilization

During the stabilization phase, Dr. James reduces the amount of medicine you take. The goal is to relieve withdrawal symptoms until you’re able to stop Suboxone treatment altogether.

3) Maintenance

If you’ve been addicted to opioids for months or even years, long-term Suboxone treatment might be necessary. Dr. James typically recommends regular checkups and joining a substance-abuse support group like Narcotics Anonymous to prevent a relapse.

Is there anyone who should avoid Suboxone treatment?

Suboxone treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. That’s especially true if you suffer from liver disease or liver dysfunction. Suboxone also increases the risk of dependence. As a result, it’s essential to work with a qualified specialist like Dr. James.

To see if you can benefit from Suboxone treatment, make an appointment at Essential Medical Care by calling the office or booking one online today.