Medication Assisted Treatment
person smiling after starting to notice the benefits of suboxone treatment
By BrightView
Published: May 2, 2024
Updated: June 3, 2024

If you have ever tried unsuccessfully to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, you know how intense the withdrawal process can be. Thankfully, certain medications help ease those symptoms so you can get through withdrawal more comfortably.

Medication for addiction treatment (MAT) programs can also help you manage cravings, which can greatly increase the recovery rate and length of success. Treatment benefits, for instance, may include a lower risk of relapse and reduced withdrawal symptoms.

When you need additional support to recover from opioid addiction, you can put your trust in a treatment program at BrightView. Our MAT clinics around the country can help you get through the difficult process of withdrawal and reduce your cravings so you can begin recovery with a strong foundation. To learn more about the benefits of medication for addiction treatment and how treatment at our drug rehab center can help, call us today at 833.510.4357.

How Does Suboxone Work?

Suboxone is a brand name of a buprenorphine/naloxone medication. Other brand names include Sublocade, Brixadi, and Subutex. Buprenorphine helps you break free from addiction by limiting the feeling one gets from taking opioids and decreasing cravings for the drug. Naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids, lowering the risk of overdose. Together, they can help you get through withdrawal symptoms with ease.

If you are interested in trying a treatment program using suboxone, here are some things to know first:

  • Suboxone can be prescribed at a MAT center or by your doctor.
  • Suboxone is available as a dissolvable film or a tablet.
  • You will start on your highest dose of suboxone at the beginning of treatment, and your practitioner will slowly wean you off as time goes on.
  • It is possible to misuse suboxone, but this is less likely to happen when used as directed by your doctor.
  • You should not attempt to discontinue suboxone without consulting your practitioner.

As you build a foundation for long-term recovery, suboxone can help you get your life back on track.

How Can Suboxone Help?

If you are struggling to quit using prescription or illegal opioids but are afraid of withdrawal symptoms, you may find relief in suboxone. If you started taking prescription opioids to manage pain, you might also fear the pain coming back. A comprehensive addiction treatment program can support you through withdrawal and recovery without the discomfort of quitting on your own.

Why is addiction treatment using suboxone so effective? It all has to do with how the brain works. When you take opioids, they bind to receptors in the brain and produce feelings of pleasure. With time, your brain starts to rely on the drug to function and produces less of its own natural opioids. However, when you stop taking opioids, the receptors are still expecting the drug. This is what leads to withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, nausea, and muscle aches.

Suboxone fills the receptors in the brain, so it staves off withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks other opioids from binding to the receptors, which can help prevent relapse. By taking suboxone as directed by your doctor, you can focus on healing.

The Biggest Benefits of Suboxone

There are many benefits of treatment using suboxone, but here are some of the most significant:

  • It is not as habit-forming as methadone, so it is a safer choice.
  • It can help you get through withdrawal more comfortably, so you can stay on the path to recovery. Suboxone can alleviate or eliminate withdrawal symptoms, so you will feel better during treatment and not experience intense cravings.
  • Treatment using suboxone is convenient. Since you will not have to contend with powerful withdrawal symptoms, it enables you to receive treatment as an outpatient rather than commit to 30 days or more for detox and inpatient treatment.
  • Suboxone can help you feel calmer and more relaxed. It can also help decrease pain. Suboxone is a depressant, so you may actually feel less stressed as you go through the recovery process.
  • Combined with therapy, suboxone can be part of a highly effective treatment for opioid addiction. Since your practitioner can adjust your dose of suboxone to correlate with your needs, you are much less likely to relapse.

As appealing as it may be to try treatment for opioid addiction using suboxone, it is important to use it along with therapy for optimal benefits. Individual, family, and group therapy can help you address the issues that led you to opioid use in the first place.

Call Today to End Your Opioid Addiction with BrightView’s Help

For reliable and effective MAT programs for opioid addiction, contact your local BrightView center. Our addiction treatment helps you recover conveniently as an outpatient while helping manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. With the support of suboxone and therapy, you can end your opioid addiction for good. Call us today at 833.510.4357 or complete our online form to begin your sober living journey.