Suboxone Addiction Treatment Program in New Hampshire
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment?
Individuals struggling with opioid addiction can find themselves dealing with intense cravings due to the hold the drug has over them both physically and mentally. The cravings are so powerful that many find it difficult if not impossible to stop using opioids. Many who suffer from opioid use disorder find it difficult to achieve long-term sobriety by stopping on their own. Many need the intervention of professionals in the form of a medically assisted detox facility followed by an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center. However, sometimes that is not enough to stop the strong urge for the opioid-addicted individual to pick up and use. In these cases, the addicted individual would benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT serves to ease cravings in those looking to achieve abstinence from drug abuse but struggle with maintaining sobriety. Through the combination of behavioral therapy and certain medications, MAT improves the likelihood that an individual will not return to their drug of choice. Currently, there are several medication-assisted treatment protocols for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. These treatments can allow a drug or alcohol-addicted individual to be removed from their drug of choice for an amount of time sufficient enough to develop the coping skills needed to achieve full recovery from their addiction.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Abuse in New Hampshire
Sobriety Center of New Hampshire, located in Antrim, NH, offers two medication-assisted treatment programs specifically designed to combat those struggling to maintain sobriety from opioid abuse: The Methadone Treatment Program and The Suboxone Treatment Program. Both programs utilize the medication to help lessen the cravings that plague those addicted to opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers. By lessening the cravings, it decreases the chance of relapse and the need for additional admissions to inpatient drug and alcohol detox centers. As the cravings are lessened, the therapy provided in Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire’s MAT programs will help the addicted individual build coping skills, develop a relapse prevention plan, acknowledge faulty beliefs, and work to change past behaviors. The combination of the medication and therapy will work to increase the length of sobriety of the individual until full recovery from opioid addiction is achieved. One of the more popular medication-assisted therapy programs offered is Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire’s Suboxone Detox Treatment Program in NH.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a combination of two different medications, buprenorphineand naloxone. Buprenorphine is what is known as a “partial opioid agonist”. It is a long-acting opioid that does not produce the euphoric effect in those who are already opioid-dependent. The buprenorphine in Suboxone attaches to an opioid receptor in the brain, which fulfills the body’s need for an opioid such as heroin without providing the high. The effects of buprenorphine last around 24 hours. The benefit of buprenorphine in medication-assisted treatment is that it produces what is known as a “ceiling effect”. This “ceiling effect” means that even if an individual tried to take more of the drug than was prescribed it would not get them high.
The other component of Suboxone is the drug known as naloxone. Naloxone is well-known under its brand name, Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose as a life saving medication. The way that naloxone works in Suboxone is to prevent abuse. If the Suboxone is administered as it is meant to be taken, sublingually (dissolved under the tongue), the naloxone is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and has no effect.
However, if an individual attempts to abuse the Suboxone by crushing and snorting it or melting and injecting it, the naloxone will activate and reverse the effect of an opioid, which causes unpleasant precipitated withdrawals in the individual. Suboxone works to ease the cravings associated with opioid dependency and lessen the likelihood of relapse and overdose for those with opioid use disorder.
The Suboxone Addiction Treatment Program at Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire
The Suboxone Addiction Treatment Program at Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire combines proven therapeutic methods with medication to combat cravings from opioid abuse for the individual who cannot seem to maintain sobriety, especially in early recovery. Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire’s Suboxone Treatment Program provides better outcomes for those opioid-addicted individuals who constantly struggle with their sobriety. It does not produce a high and has less potential for abuse. Those individuals in our Suboxone Treatment Program have a reduced risk of overdose. Individuals who have struggled with treatment alone and have trouble dealing with the cravings from opioid addiction are excellent candidates to enroll in the Suboxone Addiction Treatment Program at Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire.