The misuse of opioids in the United States is a national crisis and public health concern. Dedicated to helping those suffering from an opioid addiction recover, the specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offer many effective treatment options, including Sublocade. To schedule an evaluation to learn more about Sublocade and how it can help you recover from your addiction, contact the office in Phoenix, Glendale, or Gilbert, Arizona, by phone or online today.

What are opioids?

Opioids are drugs that act on the opioid receptors in your brain. These medications are often prescribed to help manage pain. 

In addition to blocking pain, opioids also increase the release of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that provides feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Opioids trigger your brain’s reward system, which leads to cravings, misuse of the medication, and addiction.

Opioids include prescription medications, such as hydrocodone and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. 

What is an opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that causes a powerful and compulsive urge to use drugs. Over time, your body develops a tolerance to the drug and you need to take more to feel the same effects. Your brain also develops a dependence on the drug, which can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. 

An opioid addiction can affect every aspect of your life, including your physical, emotional, and social health. Your addiction also places you at risk of overdose and death.

What is Sublocade?

Sublocade is a prescription opioid medication, also known as buprenorphine, that treats opioid addiction. This medication is a partial opioid agonist and helps you gain control over your addiction by binding with the opioid receptors in your brain. Sublocade's binding action blocks opioids from attaching to the receptors, which then stops the release of dopamine.  

Sublocade is an extended-release medication given by injection that lasts for a month. The addiction specialists at 2nd Chance Treatment Center provide the injection at the office. Initially, you receive a 300-milligram dose for two months and then a 100-milligram maintenance dose thereafter. 

The team determines how long you need the injections based on your specific case, but you can take Sublocade long term to help manage your addiction.

Am I a good candidate for Sublocade?

The experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center determines if you’re a good candidate for Sublocade during your consultation. The medication is only recommended as a treatment for opioid addiction. 

Sublocade may help stop your physical cravings for opioids, but it’s not effective against social or psychological issues related to your addiction. In addition to the medication, the team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center also provides behavioral therapy and addiction counseling, as well as referrals to support groups. 

Opioid addiction is a disease that requires ongoing medical management and care. To learn more about Sublocade and how it may benefit you, call 2nd Chance Treatment Center or request an appointment online today. 

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