Suboxone Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving the Kelso, Washington community, our suboxone clinic provides adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How It Works and Is It Safe?

How Suboxone Treatment Works

The medication Suboxone (a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone) can provide much-needed relief from the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. The buprenorphine in this medication interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. Buprenorphine, however, will not cause patients to experience the feelings of relaxation or euphoria that are associated with an opioid-induced high, allowing patients to focus on their responsibilities and treatment goals while remaining unimpaired.

The Effectiveness of Treatment

The Effectiveness of Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone can be an effective tool to enhance a patient’s recovery efforts, especially when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Because Suboxone limits uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and opioid cravings, patients who take this medication are able to participate more fully in other treatment services, reaping the utmost benefits.

There are several different medications that can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment program through Kelso Treatment Solutions. For this reason, patients should work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the appropriate medication and dosage based upon their unique set of treatment goals and requirements. As always, our providers will monitor our patients’ progress and safety, and will adjust their prescriptions as necessary.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Suboxone Treatment & Counseling

If you have been abusing opioids and suddenly stop or decrease your use, painful withdrawal symptoms can quickly set in, and many individuals find themselves trapped in a dangerous cycle of abuse as a way to avoid experiencing these symptoms. And while breaking free from this cycle may feel impossible, treatment and support, including the use of Suboxone, are available to help you progress towards a future that is substance-free.

Although the use of Suboxone can provide individuals with much-needed relief from the physical disruptions associated with opioid withdrawal, patients must understand that this medication is not a cure-all. Lasting recovery requires the effort, patience, and commitment of each individual patient.

Kelso Treatment Solutions provides patients with the supports that they need to address both the emotional and physical components of their addiction in order to properly prepare for a future that is opioid-free. Therapeutic interventions such as individual and group therapy give patients the opportunity to address the underlying causes of their addictive behaviors as they progress towards recovery. Individual sessions provide patients with a one-on-one setting in which to process emotional and behavioral concerns, and to discuss any issues that may arise during the course of treatment.

Group therapy sessions bring together patients who are all receiving treatment for addiction. Patients are given the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics related to addiction and recovery, and to receive support from peers who understand what they are going through.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: Because addiction can affect everyone, not just the individual who is abusing the substance, treatment and support must be provided to loved ones as well. Kelso Treatment Solutions promotes the use of individual therapy, family therapy, and support groups for the families and friends of our patients. These sessions offer educational tools that can assist a patient’s loved ones in appropriately supporting him or her throughout the course of treatment. The following are ways to support your loved one as he or she navigates the treatment experience at Kelso Treatment Solutions:

  • Learn more about Suboxone in order to better understand what your loved one will experience in treatment
  • Remind your loved one to attend all scheduled meetings and appointments
  • Ask your loved one how treatment is progressing
  • Congratulate your loved one on all accomplishments made during the course of treatment
  • Do not forget that lasting recovery requires time, and may include setbacks along the way
  • Remain hopeful during times of frustration, and share your optimistic views with your loved one
  • Receive support and treatment of your own

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: Deciding to receive treatment through Kelso Treatment Solutions is an extremely brave first step towards recovery. Patients should keep the following in mind during treatment:

  • Follow any rules that are set in place by your treatment provider
  • Show up for all appointments in order to receive your Suboxone
  • Refrain from using opioids, alcohol, and/or other substances during the course of treatment
  • Play an active role in group therapy sessions
  • Honestly and openly communicate during individual therapy sessions
  • Voice any questions or concerns that may arise during the course of treatment

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Suboxone

Like many medications, Suboxone can cause patients to experience a variety of side effects. The following symptoms have been reported by individuals who are prescribed this medication:

  • Headaches
  • Generalized pain
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Low blood pressure
  • Numb mouth
  • Painful tongue
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Infections
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Coordination problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Back and abdominal pain
  • Fainting
  • Attention disturbances

Patients should notify their treatment provider of any side effects that occur, as adjustments can be made throughout the course of treatment if necessary.

Please contact Kelso Treatment Solutions today to learn more about Suboxone, as well as the other treatment options that we offer. We are here to provide you or someone that you love with the individualized care that is required in order to successfully and safely achieve the healthy, happy, and substance-free life that you deserve.