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Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
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Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: December 24, 2021
Updated: June 5, 2024

If you have ever tried to overcome substance use disorder cold turkey, you are familiar with the withdrawal symptoms that can arise. The severity of withdrawal can make it challenging to stay on course and often ends in relapse. For those who are ready to give it another go, you may be interested in trying medication assisted treatment (MAT). This has enabled many people with substance use disorders to quit using opioids and move on to recovery. When you are ready to end your relationship with opioids for good, consider trying a rehab clinic in Virginia.

At BrightView, we understand that the grip of opioid use disorder can be powerful, but we can help you break free. When you choose MAT at BrightView, you get the advantage of a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment. We carefully assess your needs to provide the right dose of medication to ease you off opioids as you begin therapy to address underlying conditions. Call us today at 888.501.9865 to start healing at the rehab clinic Virginia trusts.

If you are considering Suboxone the medication for your treatment, there are a few things you should know to make your recovery as successful as possible.

Suboxone Is Safe for Long-Term Use

Suboxone is a brand name of a buprenorphine/naloxone medication. Other brand names include Sublocade, Brixadi, and Subutex.

One question about using Suboxone and other medications for substance use disorder recovery is the potential for addiction or dependence on the new substance. Some people may also be worried about the potential side effects associated with each type of recovery medication. The good news is that Suboxone is considered to be a safer medication for those trying to end their opioid use because:

  • It is less likely to instigate a new dependence like methadone.
  • It produces fewer and less severe side effects than methadone.
  • These side effects may be more physical than mental, which can be easier to manage with treatment.

In addition to being less habit-forming and inducing fewer side effects, Suboxone also boasts a higher success rate. More than half of people in a MAT program found success that they did not achieve when attempting to quit opioids cold turkey.

Suboxone Must Be Taken Exactly as Prescribed

Although Suboxone is a safer and more effective medication for opioid use disorder, it must be used properly. To prevent complications, you must follow your healthcare provider’s instructions closely, which may include:

  • Do not drink alcohol or take benzodiazepines while on a Suboxone regimen.
  • Do not double up on doses if you miss one since it can increase the risk of dependence.
  • Do not stop taking Suboxone abruptly, as it can lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Following your doctor’s instructions is crucial, but you should also reach out to your provider if you notice symptoms of dependence or you have side effects.

No Medication Is a Substitute for a Complete Addiction Treatment Program

Using a medication that can alleviate or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings may seem too good to be true. While it is highly beneficial to recovery, it cannot help you maintain sobriety on its own. To truly end opioid use for the long term, you must participate in a comprehensive treatment program incorporating various behavioral and holistic therapies. There are almost always underlying issues that contribute to opioid use disorder, and they can be treated with individual counseling, group therapy, and family therapy.

Achieve Lasting Recovery with BrightView’s Rehab Clinic in Virginia

When you are fully committed to overcoming dependence on opioids, you can trust MAT at BrightView. We will support you through the withdrawal process with a customized Suboxone regimen along with behavioral and holistic therapies selected to enhance your results. Call us today at 888.501.9865 to learn how medication assisted treatment at our clinic can make all the difference in your recovery.