Suboxone

Restoration of Greensboro

Pain Management Physicians located in Greensboro, NC

One of the biggest hurdles in opioid addiction is the extremely difficult withdrawal that often keeps people on the drug. Thanks to Suboxone®, withdrawal from opioids is easier, giving you the jumpstart you need to kick an opioid use disorder. At Restoration of Greensboro, Dr. Charles Plummer offers Suboxone to patients in Greensboro, North Carolina, who are struggling with opioid use disorders, clearing the way for drug-free and happy lives. To learn more about Suboxone, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Suboxone Q & A

Restoration of Greensboro

What does Suboxone treat?

Suboxone is designed to help ease the withdrawal process for people with opioid use disorders. Opioids are a class of narcotic drug that’s found in:

  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl, which is available by prescription, but can also be found in illegal drugs
  • Prescribed pain medications, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine

Opioid use can lead to addiction and dependency, which are extremely hard to overcome. In these cases, you’re not only battling the cravings in your brain, but your body’s dependency on the drug. Suboxone is designed to address both of those problems during withdrawal.

How does Suboxone work?

Suboxone is a combination of two different drugs:

Buprenorphine

This drug is considered a partial opioid agonist. It delivers smaller amounts of opioids while considerably reducing their effect. This allows you to step down from the drug gradually rather than going cold turkey, which can be an extremely tough withdrawal, both mentally and physically.

Naloxone

This agent in Suboxone is a pure opioid antagonist, which shuts down receptors in your brain that react to opioids. This blocks the opioid from having any effect on you.

These two drugs work in tandem to reduce addiction symptoms while easing the withdrawal process.

Is Suboxone addictive?

One of the biggest concerns with Suboxone users is whether the treatment is addictive. The answer to this is tricky, which is why you should only take Suboxone under Dr. Plummer’s careful and compassionate guidance.

Because of the dual effect of Suboxone, you’re still able to get high (or not feel discomfort from pain), but nothing compared to when you were an active user. This leads some people to use Suboxone inappropriately, abusing the medication.

Rest assured, Dr. Plummer monitors Suboxone use very carefully and understands the signs of potential abuse.

What should I do while taking Suboxone?

While Suboxone does a great job bridging the gap between active addiction and sobriety, Dr. Plummer recommends a comprehensive approach to opioid addiction, which includes substance abuse counseling.

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that involves both your mind and body. Dr. Plummer can treat your brain and your body with medications, but you also need to work on your behaviors and mental health for the best chances of success.

To learn more about how Suboxone can help your opioid use disorder, call Restoration of Greensboro, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.