Because of the severe level of addiction caused by opiates, medication assisted treatment is often required. At Direct2Recovery a variety of medication treatment options are available. A majority of patients are initially started on Buprenorphine/Naltrexone, also commonly known as Suboxone or Zubsolv.
Buprenorphine is a medication with partial opiate effects, designed to assist people who have made the decision to stop using opiates, or to switch from methadone maintenance. It works by helping to prevent the withdrawal and craving experiences that often lead to relapse, without providing a “high” that reinforces use. It is much safer than continued use of opiate drugs and can assist a person in regaining normal functioning.
Buprenorphine is also safer than Methadone, LLAM, and other earlier maintenance treatments. Suboxone, the commercial version of the medication , also contains a small amount of naltrexone, an opiate “antidote”. Buprenorphine may be used as a stepping-stone to become free of opiate use altogether, or may be used as an indefinite ” maintenance ” therapy. The decision will be addressed with each client as treatment progresses. In general, tapering to a very low dose or complete discontinuation will be the goal of treatment.