For those struggling with an opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment can make recovery more comfortable. An MAT program helps patients manage their cravings and minimize withdrawal symptoms. One of the medications experts have proven to be useful in treating opioid addiction is suboxone. At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, we offer a suboxone treatment program in Thornton, CO, to help patients slowly taper off opioids. To learn more about our addiction treatment center, contact CMAR today.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is an FDA approved medication used to treat opioid use disorder. Chemically, Suboxone is made from a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone. Therefore, Suboxone is a brand name buprenorphine drug. The naloxone in Suboxone is inactive when taken orally. It is active when snorted or injected, and then cancels the effects of the buprenorphine. The naloxone is in Suboxone to prevent the medication from being abused.
Naloxone is an agonist, which activates the receptors that the opioids target. As a result, the naloxone in Suboxone combats and blocks the effects of buprenorphine and other opioids. When you combine buprenorphine and naloxone, you negate the effects of opioids and opiates.
At CMAR, we use Suboxone to help our patients overcome addiction to opiates, such as heroin and fentanyl. When you enroll in a suboxone treatment program in CO, you can comfortably transition from your drug onto Suboxone. Suboxone treatment minimizes the symptoms a user would usually experience when stopping the use of opioids. As a result, patients are less likely to see cravings and return to using opioids early in recovery. Furthermore, Suboxone reduces the risk that you will fatally overdose on opioids.