Western Pennsylvania Subutex Clinic for Opioid Addiction

How It Works and Is It Safe?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid addiction in 2002, Subutex has since provided numerous patients with relief from the painful symptoms that often accompany opioid withdrawal. As a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, Subutex eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while relieving withdrawal symptoms, which provides patients with the ability to actively play a role in daily activities without impairment. When taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center, use of Subutex is extremely safe.

With buprenorphine hydrochloride as its active ingredient, Subutex is typically taken daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet that is absorbed into the body. Use of this medication will not cause patients to experience cognitive impartments, which allows them to play a role in their recovery. Numerous studies have confirmed the safety of Subutex for the treatment of opioid dependency when taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional.

There are multiple prescription medications available within Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers’ medication assisted treatment program. Because of this, patients are able to work closely with our team of experts in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique set of requirements and treatment goals.

The Benefits of Subutex Treatment Plus Counseling

In order for lasting recovery to take place, patients must receive treatment for both the physical and emotional components of their addictions. While the medication assisted treatment available through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers successfully provides relief from the physical discomfits associated with withdrawal, patients must also receive treatment for the psychological. Because of this, Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers invites patients to incorporate the use of individual and group therapy into their customized plans of treatment. These sessions are designed to provide patients with the opportunity to safely discuss an array of topics related to their addictions while progressing towards recovery. Patients who utilize individual and group therapy will typically experience the following stages:

Induction: Patients are first introduced to Subutex during the induction phase of treatment. Typically, most patients are still experiencing withdrawal symptoms during this phase.

Stabilization: Patients who are no longer experiencing cravings for addition opioid use or experiencing withdrawal symptoms have transitioned into the stabilization phase of treatment. During this phase, patients are able to adjust their dosage of Subutex based on their individual treatment requirements.

Maintenance: It is during the maintenance stage of treatment that patients are stable enough to begin weaning off of their medication. Once Subutex is no longer in a person’s system, patients can either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription.

Individual and group therapy sessions are available for patients to incorporate into their individualized treatment plan through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers. Individual sessions provide patients with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a highly qualified counselor in order to address and treat the underlying causes of their addictive behaviors. Once a patient understands why he or she turned to abuse opioids in the first place, developing a plan for the future becomes more feasible. Individual sessions also promote the opportunity to work through any questions or issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Group therapy sessions bring patients together under the close guidance of a counselor. These sessions promote open and honest communication between patients on a variety of topics related to their recovery and treatment. By working alongside their peers, patients are able to provide and receive encouragement and support that are vital to their lasting recovery. The aforementioned phases of medication assisted treatment are best complemented by these therapeutic interventions and can set the stage for a successful treatment experience.

How to Support Your Loved One During Medication Assisted Treatment: Addiction affects more than just the individual who is physically abusing a substance or substances. The family and friends of our patients also become affected by these addictive behaviors, which is why we recommend loved ones to take part in support groups, family therapy, and individual therapy to improve the wellbeing of everyone involved. These sessions provide family and friends with the tools needed to appropriately support patients throughout their treatment journey.

How You Can Be Successful in a Medication Assisted Treatment Program: Individuals who decide to take part in treatment through Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers are advised to keep the following in mind as they progress in treatment:

  • Follow all directions provided with regards to taking Subutex.
  • Actively play a role in individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Communicate any questions or issues that may arise throughout the course of treatment. Adjustments to medications can be made if deemed necessary
  • Patients who are taking Subutex should refrain from consuming alcohol and/or opioids.
  • Speak to staff members openly regarding any concern that may occur during treatment. We are here to provide patients with safe, compassionate, and supportive care throughout the entire course of treatment

The Side Effects of Subutex

Before Subutex is incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan, individuals should openly discuss the use of any other prescriptions, substances, and/or over-the-counter medications with their treatment provider in order to avoid any potential dangerous interactions. Subutex, like many medications, can cause patients to experience side effects. The following side effects have been reported by individuals who have taken Subutex:

Most common side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Back pain
  • Withdrawal symptoms

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 treatment.

Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to provide you or someone that you love with the opportunity to safely break free from the dangerous cycle of opioid abuse. Our customized treatment options allow patients to create a plan of treatment that matches their unique set of requirements and treatment goals. To learn more about Subutex as well as the other treatment options available, please contact Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today.

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