Subutex Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

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Proudly serving the Kelso, Washington community, our subutex 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 Subutex Treatment Works

Subutex was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the treatment of opioid addiction. Since then, numerous patients have benefited from its ability to safely eliminate withdrawal symptoms while providing relief from cravings for continued opioid use. When taken as prescribed, use of this medication is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. The use of Subutex allows patients to play an active role in daily activities, such as work, driving, and school, without impairment.

Typically prescribed daily, Subutex is given in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. With buprenorphine hydrochloride as its active ingredient, Subutex has undergone extensive clinical research that has proven its safety and efficacy.

There are multiple medications that are available through Kelso Treatment Solutions. For this reason, patients should work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their individual treatment requirements. However, all patients who are prescribed Subutex will progress through the following stages of medication-assisted treatment at Kelso Treatment Solutions:

Induction: Patients are first introduced to Subutex during the induction phase of treatment. During this phase, individuals are typically still experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.

Stabilization: Patients who have entered the stabilization stage of treatment are no longer experiencing withdrawal symptoms, nor are they craving additional opioid use. During this stage of treatment, patients can make adjustments to their dosage of Subutex if necessary.

Maintenance: It is during the maintenance stage of treatment that patients are stable enough to discuss tapering off of their medication. Once a patient’s system is completely clear of Subutex, he or she may then transition to a different medication or remain substance-free without the assistance of a prescription.

The Benefits Treatment & Counseling

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment & Counseling

Before lasting recovery can occur, patients must receive treatment for both the physical and emotional aspects of their addiction. Kelso Treatment Solutions provides each patient with the ability to create an individualized plan of care that combines medication-assisted treatment with other therapeutic interventions. By taking a comprehensive treatment approach, patients are given the opportunity to address the root causes of their addiction in order to properly prepare for a future that does not include the use of opioids. Therapeutic sessions are designed to allow patients to openly and honestly communicate their feelings with counselors who are specifically trained in the field of addiction as they progress in treatment at Kelso Treatment Solutions.

Group therapy provides patients with the opportunity to work alongside other individuals who are also receiving treatment for addiction. These counselor-led sessions promote open communication between patients to foster the support and encouragement required in order to progress towards complete recovery. These sessions allow open discussions on a variety of topics in relation to addiction and the recovery process. Individual sessions provide a one-on-one environment in which to openly process the underlying causes of a patient’s addictive behaviors, and to work through any questions or issues that may arise while a patient is in treatment.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication-Assisted Treatment: Before you are able to provide your loved one with the support that he or she requires, you must first receive treatment and support of your own. Kelso Treatment Solutions promotes the use of individual therapy, family therapy, and support groups for the families and friends of our patients. These sessions provide the education and support that is required in order to successfully assist your loved one throughout the course of his or her treatment.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program: The following should be kept in mind as patients navigate through the course of treatment:

  • Follow all guidelines regarding Subutex use
  • Actively play a role in both individual and group therapy
  • Communicate any concerns that may arise while in treatment
  • Voice any side effects that you may experience when taking Subutex, and keep in mind that the medications prescribed can be adjusted if necessary
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol and/or opioids while in treatment

Side Effects

The Side Effects of Subutex

Because Subutex can negatively interact with other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, patients should notify their treatment provider of any substances that they are taking prior to incorporating Subutex into their treatment regimen. The following side effects have been reported by individuals who are prescribed this medication:

Most common side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Back pain

Fairly common side effects:

  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Runny eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea

Less common side effects:

  • Accidental injury
  • Upset stomach
  • Abscesses
  • Fever

Patients should immediately notify their treatment provider of any side effects that occur during the course of treatment.

Kelso Treatment Solutions is here to provide you or someone that you care about with the support, education, and compassion that is required in order to safely and effectively break free from the dangerous chains of opioid addiction. Our dedicated team of medical experts is specifically trained in the field of addiction, and understands the overwhelming challenges associated with this disease. Through a comprehensive treatment approach, we are here to help you achieve the healthy, happy, and substance-free life that you deserve.