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What Is Suboxone?

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What is Suboxone? It is a highly effective medication to help people struggling with opioid or alcohol addictions recover. Prescribed by physicians, Suboxone treatment often begins during professional rehab and then continues on an outpatient basis. If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid use disorder (OUD) or an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and you are interested in a Suboxone treatment center in Colorado, reach out to Mile High Recovery Center today.

In Mile High Recovery Center, many of our treatment plans for those struggling with an OUD or AUD use the Suboxone drug as an effective aspect of recovery. Our Suboxone treatment in Colorado is available for you or someone you love. Contacting Mile High Recovery is simple—just fill out our form online or call us at 855.796.2102.

What Is Suboxone?

The technical definition of Suboxone is that it’s both an opioid agonist and an opioid antagonist. Suboxone combines two generic medications, buprenorphine, the agonist, and naltrexone, the antagonist. Buprenorphine binds with the opioid receptors to ease cravings. At the same time, naltrexone operates as an antagonist, fighting the response to buprenorphine by binding with the brain’s opioid receptors so that opioids cannot.

Buprenorphine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 1980s for pain treatment. In 1984, the FDA approved naltrexone for opioid dependence and addiction. In 2010, Suboxone—a Schedule III controlled substance—was approved to treat opioid and alcohol use disorders.

Suboxone Drug for Addiction Treatment

Suboxone works partly by curbing cravings for alcohol or opioids and, most significantly, by interfering with the ability of these substances to intoxicate the user. If drinking or taking an opioid no longer has its intended effect, there is no incentive to use it. People on Suboxone can more easily resist something that no longer produces the desired high.

Suboxone treatment is part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which also includes professional therapy. Together, Suboxone and evidence-based treatments reduce the risk of relapse and improve long-term recovery outcomes.
Administration and Dosing of Suboxone
People in recovery from alcohol or opioid addiction typically take Suboxone once daily. The drug is absorbed through the skin in the mouth and into the bloodstream. It should not be chewed or swallowed, as digestive enzymes interfere with its effectiveness. Typically, it is absorbed under the tongue or by the skin of the inner cheek.

Administration cannot begin until the client has already started withdrawal. Depending on the drug to which someone is addicted, the dosage can be divided early in someone’s treatment for recovery if their abused drug is a short-acting opioid.

If you begin Suboxone treatment, your medical provider will check with you regularly to ensure that you remain in therapy and that the treatment is working. The beauty of Suboxone treatment is that there is no time limit on its effectiveness or how long it can be maintained.

What to Expect from Addiction Treatment That Includes Suboxone

Mile High Recovery offers both residential and outpatient programs. Outpatient programs include low-intensity outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization. Some of the evidence-based therapies you might engage in during your Suboxone treatment include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy

In addition, we offer sober housing, and since your recovery is ongoing, we believe in a robust ongoing community of Mile High alums.

Find Suboxone Treatment in Colorado at Mile High Recovery Center

Mile High Recovery Center’s goal is to provide the tools and support you need to safely begin and continue your recovery. Contact Mile High Recovery Center today at 855.796.2102 to learn more about Suboxone, MAT, and how opioid or alcohol addiction treatment works. Our caring and compassionate team of professionals is here to answer your questions and offer support.

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