March 01, 2023 at 17:15
ReVIDA® Recovery Duffield, an addiction treatment center in Duffield, VA, has published a blog post titled, “How Long Should I Take Suboxone?” Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) was developed as a way to minimize the withdrawal symptoms of opioid use disorder (OUD). It is these symptoms that make it difficult for people to stop using opioids. A popular concern about buprenorphine (Suboxone®) is that it is also an opioid, and if is it just “swapping one opioid out for another”.
The withdrawal symptoms can become extreme for people living with OUD. This is because the brain has become used to getting a large amount of dopamine each time the individual uses an opioid. But after a while, the body and mind get used to that high level of dopamine and when the patient quits taking opioids or decreases their dose, this is regarded by the body and mind as a deficiency in dopamine, which results in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) is a partial opioid agonist, which means that it can help in reducing the cravings and the withdrawal symptoms while blocking the effects of other opioids. This allows the patient to focus on recovery. It functions by binding to the opioid receptors of the brain and activating the very same areas that are activated by the opioid previously used by the patient. Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) has several upsides like prevention of relapse and prevention of an overdose. It can also give patients the strength to quit opioids completely. In addition, it has a “ceiling” effect, which means that after a certain dose, its effects will start to level off, preventing an individual from getting “more high” by taking more of the drug.
With regards to the issue of taking buprenorphine (Suboxone®) for a long period of time, there are some cases where the patient will be given a long-term prescription of buprenorphine (Suboxone®) by their doctor. This is because it can be used in a maintenance treatment plan, particularly when combined with therapy or other treatment modalities. Ultimately, the decision to use it for the long-term will depend on what the patient decides with their treating physician.
There are several advantages of using buprenorphine (Suboxone®) for the long term. The patient will no longer be dependent on dangerous opioids like fentanyl, heroin, or oxycodone. Additionally, this medication can be obtained through the prescription of a physician or clinician.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) is not the only choice for the treatment of people with OUD. At ReVIDA Recovery®, the staff are always ready to help the patient find the appropriate medication and help them get back on track with their recovery.
Established in 2018, ReVIDA® Recovery is a comprehensive behavioral healthcare company that includes medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in the therapy they provide for opioid use disorder. Their goal is to empower every patient and help them reclaim their lives from addiction.
Those who would like to know more about the addiction treatment services offered by ReVIDA® Recovery Duffield can check out their website or call them at 276-730-1963.
For more information about ReVIDA Recovery® Duffield, contact the company here:
ReVIDA Recovery® Duffield
198 Ross Carter Blvd,
Duffield, VA, 24244