Suboxone: Managing Addiction to Pain Meds
Whether to treat migraines or post-surgery pain relief, the uses of pain medication are many, and adhering to the prescribed dosage can effectively alleviate pain, but overuse can come at a cost. Addiction to pain medication, or opioid dependence, is a treatable condition. When it comes to treating this condition, Suboxone, which is used to counteract the affects of addiction and curtail cravings and withdrawals, is a great remedy. Americas Surgery Centers offers top notch care and gives each patient unique, individualized treatment.
Suboxone contains a combination of two medications with each dose: buprenorphine (an opioid or “opiate-derived” medication) and naloxone (an opioid blocker that reverses the effects of other narcotics). With ongoing treatment, these two components can combine to stave off cravings and manage painkiller addiction. Simply put, suboxone is used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction, and not for use as a pain medication.
Signs of Painkiller Addiction
From increased usage to suffering blackouts from medication, there are several signs of painkiller abuse. Some of these signs include:
- Increased usage of pain medication
- Noticeable mood changes
- Anti-social behavior, including withdrawal from spending time with family or friends
- Decline in personal hygiene
- Neglection of responsibilities, including those at home or work
- Blackouts, including memory loss from overuse of pain meds
Like any medication, patients taking Suboxone should carefully follow their physician’s instructions to ensure proper consumption and avoid drug misuse. You should drink a glass of water to moisten your mouth before taking this medication. Then place the film under the tongue, allowing it to dissolve. Be sure not to chew either the tablet or the film and do not swallow the medication whole.
Treatment for Addiction is an Ongoing Process
Because it is a long-term condition, addiction to painkillers can be managed over time; it is a continual process, not an instant fix. A combination of medication and changes in behavior and lifestyle are used to effectively manage this condition.
We at Americas Surgery Centers are committed to customizing your care, while providing you with the best options that are tailored to your needs. If you need more information on regarding Suboxone or methods of painkiller addiction treatment then contact our wellness physicians to schedule a consultation.