Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv and Bunavail) is the primary active medication. It is an opioid, but unlike heroin or methadone, it is only a partial opioid agonist.
A partial opioid agonist is prescribed to reduce cravings for a full opioid agonist (like heroin, oxycodone or methadone). Partial opioid agonists have several important features. They induce less euphoria in the body and thus less physical dependence, which lowers their potential for misuse. With Buprenorphine, there is a ceiling on its opioid effect, which means that taking more, won’t result in getting high. Another key feature of partial opioid agonists like Buprenorphine, is that they have a mild withdrawal profile when compared to full opioid agonists like Methadone and Heroin.
Receiving the correct dose of Buprenorphine is critical to its effectiveness, and this is why working with a qualified professional is so critical. When used at appropriate dosages, Buprenorphine will suppress withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings for opiods.
The real beauty of this drug is that it also blocks the effects of other opioids, so patients being treated with Buprenorphine will not only have their cravings for illicit drugs reduced, but if they happen to succumb to temptation, their opiate of choice will no longer cause the feelings of euphoria that likely caused the addiction in the first place.
Buprenorphine works by actually competing with the full opioid agonists in a patient’s bloodstream. It binds with the opiate receptors in the patient’s brain, thus blocking those receptors for use by any other opiates. In effect, patients can no longer get high, because all their opiate receptors are full of Buprenorphine
Your first visit:
Your first visit will be longer than an hour. There are 14 pagers of paperwork you need to complete. Our physicians will explain and design a the initial consultation treatment using Suboxone along with a schedule to stop opiate consumption.
It is critical to enter this stage for starting the recovery process. Keep in close contact with your physician so they can gauge
effectiveness of your dosage levels and add the counseling module that is critical to the success of our program.
Your every 4th weeks visit:
Once you have entered our program, the second stage is designed to keep you off of your opiate via a steady controlled Suboxone/ Bunavail/Zubsolv dose cycle. Our patients take a daily physician prescribed dosage of Suboxone/ Bunavail/Zubsolv dose to control the recovery process. Daily medication along with a monthly visitation schedule (which can include counseling and support) is critical to our patient success. Our physicians will stay in contact with you until you complete the program.