Direct2Recovery: More than a Suboxone Clinic
Here at Direct2Recovery, our mission is to help as many people overcome substance use disorder. We are more than just a Suboxone clinic — we offer specialized services in our outpatient program to give everyone the chance they deserve to take their life back. Our Integrated Care Model for addiction recovery includes telemedicine, counseling, programs, and medication assisted treatment to give our patients the highest chance for success to beat their addiction.
That being said, one of the tools in our arsenal is Suboxone. Let’s take a deeper look at what Suboxone is and how it works to help patients take their life back from addiction.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to help adults overcome opioid use disorder (OUD). It is a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Suboxone helps the user manage the symptoms of withdrawal that comes from quitting opioids and helps prevent opioid overdoses.
Buprenorphine, which is a unique opioid itself, attaches itself to your brain’s opioid receptors and blocks out the opioid itself. It can produce similar effects to the opioid, such as pain-relief, euphoria, and respiratory depression, but these are felt to a much lesser degree. This helps reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
The naloxone is a high-affinity opioid antagonist. It is the antidote given in emergency departments and by first responders in the case of overdose. It is capable of removing opioids that are bound to these receptors, thus making it possible to both reverse and prevent drug overdoses. It is included in Suboxone to help prevent diversion and abuse.
Suboxone Side Effects
Suboxone side effects may be present at the beginning of treatment and will lessen over time. However, it does help alleviate and can potentially eliminate opioid withdrawal symptoms altogether, so not everyone will experience the same thing!
Possible side effects of taking Suboxone include:
- Numb mouth
- Swollen and/or painful tongue
- Feeling lightheaded
- Disturbance in attention
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blurred vision
- Back pain
Does Suboxone Work?
At Direct2Recovery, we understand that quitting substance use is a difficult process and everyone wants something that works. We have some good news: Suboxone, paired with our Integrated Care Model, significantly increases their chances of recovery.
Let’s break it down:
- 10% of users recover from addiction without additional help
- 25% recovery with medication assisted treatment (MAT)
- 50% recover with a combination of Direct2Recovery’s MAT and counseling
Suboxone is just one part of the program for treating opiate addiction here at Direct2Recovery. In concert with the medication, we provide integrated care to give our patients the best possible chances for success. Medication gives you a shot and counseling helps get your mind right — each a building block to recovery. When you bring them together they position you for your best chance to change your life.
Why Direct2Recovery is More Than a Suboxone Clinic
At Direct2Recovery, we strive to make every patient that walks into our office feel comfortable and welcome. We treat addictions to alcohol, opiates, heroin, prescription medicines, and many other substances. Our licensed therapists provide counseling, therapy, and medication from our office in Phoenix, AZ
We offer a range of services that are adapted to fit each individual’s unique needs. These services include:
- Outpatient Withdrawal Management (detoxification)
- Continuing Recovery Care Program
- Licensed Therapists
- TOVA for ADD/ADHD assessment
- Offering MAT (medication assisted treatment)
The Assessment Process
The Assessment process is where we discuss any questions and concerns with the patient, family member, or medical personnel who contacted us. At this point, an assessment appointment is made or an appropriate referral is given.
The patient then meets with a certified provider for assessment to determine a treatment plan that works for them. If the patient decides to seek treatment, then we move into an intake appointment to discuss the patient’s medical and substance abuse history.
Once Suboxone treatment starts, we require all of our patients to be in active counseling/therapy to increase their chance of recovery. Counseling must continue for the duration of treatment.
This is crucial to the recovery process because addiction is a learned behavior that conditions the brain to continually want the substance. Counseling can help change the brain back to where it used to be before the addiction began.
Counseling also helps the patient rebuild relationships, repair finances, assume family responsibilities, decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, and helps the patient make other meaningful changes in their lives.
Substance testing may be performed at each appointment while taking Suboxone. If you are seeing the provider through telemedicine visits you will conducting drug screening by providing urine samples to outpatient labs like Sonora Quest, Lab Corp., and AnyLabTestNow or through oral swab testing at home.
Testing positive for substances of abuse may be grounds for dismissal from treatment. At Direct2Recovery, we believe in harm reduction. We are all trying for perfection, and none of us are going to achieve this. While relapses are part of recovery, repeated relapses, positive urines, etc, may be dismissed from our program. This is not a one size fits all business. Repeated relapses usually indicate the wrong treatment program or simply the need for a higher level of care.atieintsWe don’t send them off without help though! We provide them with resources to other facilities that may help them overcome their substance use disorder.
At Direct2Recovery, nothing is more important to us than making sure our patients are comfortable and safe during treatment. We are offering telemedicine to new and existing patients. There’s no need to visit the office because telemedicine is conducted over the phone or through a video call online. It makes healthcare accessible.
We provide all of our services through telemedicine including supervised drug testing and remotely filling prescriptions.
Take the Next Step Toward Recovery
If you or someone you know is suffering through addiction, please reach out and begin to seek treatment today! Beating addiction is possible. Contact us today and let Direct2Recovery help you or your loved ones heal.