How Is Suboxone Treatment Useful In Fighting Drug Addiction?

The primary purpose of suboxone treatment is to prevent the manifestation of withdrawal symptoms from opiataes such as morphine, heroin, Vicodin, codeine, etc.

In people with physical dependence, withdrawal is the state associated with the sudden removal of a psychoactive substance (4-72 hours after the last use) and which is often characterized by totally opposed  physiological and emotional effects compared to the ones elicited by the drug. Besides a range of mild symptoms, like dilated pupils, goose bumps, watery eyes, runny nose, tremors, racing heartbeat, chills and sweating, more severe ones are possible: shaking, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, panic, insomnia, irritability, severe anxiety, depression, increased sensitivity to pain.

To achieve a smooth transition off a narcotic substance, Dayton and Cincinnati treatment service options include giving the patient a prescribed dose of suboxone, enough for suppressing all these symptoms. Thus, the drug is normally used during the detoxification period, until the patient is stabilized – this is in the range of 3-14 days.

In addition, the drug decreases cravings for narcotic substances and also completely blocks their effect, which is the reason why it is also used for longer periods, as part of maintenance treatment. These factors often prove crucial for not abandoning the treatment midway. While it is also possible to abandon addiction by yourself, besides being a painful way, the success rate in this case is low (close to 5%). Suboxone treatment can make this transition easier, also ensuring a higher success rate – 60% of the patients abstain from drugs while on maintenance treatment with suboxone, enabling them to make that necessary first step.