The numbers surrounding the opioid crisis in the United States are alarming. In 2017, approximately 1.7 million people suffered from a substance use disorder involving prescription pain medication, and more than 650,000 struggled with heroin addiction. But the real tragedy is the number of overdoses — 47,000 deaths in 2017. While we hesitate to use scare tactics as a motivator, these numbers illustrate the scope of the problem.
The good news is that we offer a way out through our Suboxone® treatment program. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, our team of caring and experienced addiction specialists want to ensure that our patients have the tools they need to break the bonds of opioid addiction. And one of the most effective tools in our arsenal is Suboxone.
Among the biggest hurdles to quitting opioids are the withdrawal symptoms that send even the strongest-willed back to using, time and again. Withdrawal from opioids is a tough road, with symptoms that include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Body aches
- Excessive yawning
- Profuse sweating
- Inability to sleep
There are plenty of mental side effects, too, including trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, and just a general fog that makes it difficult for you to function. The end result is that people who try and quit cold turkey often return to using just to avoid the miserable side effects that come with opioid withdrawal.
One of the greatest advantages of Suboxone is that it eases the withdrawal period, helping your detox journey go more smoothly. Suboxone contains two ingredients — buprenorphine and naloxone — that work in concert to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine blocks the opiate receptors in your brain and reduces those uncontrollable urges to use. Naloxone helps reverse the effects of opioids, blocking you from getting high.
While Suboxone’s role in easing the withdrawal journey is a first crucial step, the treatment also works well during early recovery to prevent relapse. A substance use disorder is a multifaceted disease that hijacks your health both physically and mentally, and Suboxone helps on both fronts. After the treatment gets you through the physical withdrawal period it also helps to reset your brain.
With an opioid use disorder, your brain has been rewired to receive more of the drug, which accounts for the impossible-to-ignore cravings. Through the use of Suboxone, your opiate receptors are cut off, which helps quiet their influence.
The road to recovery
Whether this is your first time trying to quit opioids or you’ve attempted it before, our goal is to ensure that your recovery sticks. With Suboxone providing a crucial leg up on your opioid addiction, we can help take relapse out of the picture, clearing your path forward. This allows you crucial time to work on your problem from every possible angle, including counseling and 12-step programs that offer great long-term results.
If you’d like to learn more about how Suboxone can provide you with the second chance you deserve, please give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.