Whether you’re addicted to a street drug like heroin or a prescription opioid, it’s dangerous to stop taking the drug cold turkey because of the painful withdrawal symptoms involved. That’s where Suboxone® therapy can help. Shabbir A. Chowdhury, MD, at Carolina Psychiatry, PC, provides in-office Suboxone treatment, which gives you the medical support you need to safely stop taking opioids without cravings and withdrawal symptoms. To get the help you need, call the office in Fayetteville, North Carolina, or book an appointment online.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The two work together to control cravings, reduce withdrawal symptoms, and block the effect of opioids.
Dr. Chowdhury uses Suboxone to treat dependence on short-acting opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. Suboxone gives you the opportunity to stop taking opioids without physical suffering. Additionally, taking the medication makes it possible for you to receive the therapeutic support needed during your recovery
Suboxone is used often used as part of a program called medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines medication with counseling. This dual approach is more effective than medication alone.
While the medication normalizes your brain chemistry and relieves cravings, therapy gives you the tools you need to resist opioids and move forward in life.
During therapy, you identify the things that trigger your drug use and learn new behavior patterns and coping mechanisms that help you maintain control and sustain your recovery.
Dr. Chowdhury provides your Suboxone therapy in the office. The process is gradual, however, and requires ongoing medical care to ensure your health. Suboxone therapy goes through several stages:
You receive your first dose of Suboxone when you’re in a moderate state of withdrawal. Dr. Chowdhury explains what that means, determines when you should start taking Suboxone, and tells you when to stop taking opioids.
You start the maintenance phase when your withdrawal symptoms and cravings stop. During this stage, you continue to take Suboxone and begin your therapy.
Dr. Chowdhury works closely with you to determine when it’s time to stop Suboxone. Your dose is very gradually reduced so your body safely adjusts to the change.
Talk with Dr. Chowdhury any time you feel tempted to start taking opioids again, whether during or after your Suboxone therapy. He may adjust your medication schedule or dose to eliminate the craving and help you stay on track.
You can receive the medical and psychological support you need to get over opioid addiction. To learn more, call Carolina Psychiatry, PC, or book an appointment online.