Opiate dependence on prescription painkillers or heroin is a chronic medical condition. Because of the way narcotics affect brain chemistry, opiate dependence is a medical condition many people cannot overcome on their own.
Fortunately, there are proven medical treatments, along with counseling and behavioral therapy, that have helped millions of opiate-dependent people regain control over their lives.
We treat primarily with Buprenorphine + Naloxone (Suboxone) which is an FDA approved medication for treatment of patients with opiate (narcotic) dependence.
At the right dose, and along with counseling, Buprenorphine + Naloxone can help people stay in treatment and reduce illicit drug use by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.
Only doctors with special training can get a special license to prescribe Buprenorphine + Naloxone.
Because of its narcotic-reversing effect, if you are dependent on opiates, you must have symptoms of withdrawal as possible when you take the first dose of Suboxone. If you are not in withdrawal at the time of your Induction visit, you may not be given Suboxone, as it can cause severe and immediate opiate withdrawal..
Some patients find that it takes several days to get used to the transition to Suboxone from the opiate they had been using. After being stabilized on Suboxone, other opiates will have virtually no effect. Attempts to override the Suboxone by taking more opiates could result in an opiate overdose. Do not take any other prescribed medication without discussing it with you physician first.
We also treat patients with Naltrexone Tablets which are indicated for the prevention of relapse to opiate dependence, following opioid detoxification.