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Suboxone Treatment

  • CTS provides Suboxone to treat opioid addiction under the supervision of a physician.
  • CTS provides a safe and controlled level of Suboxone to overcome the use of an abused opioid.
  • Suboxone is an FDA approved brand name which is medication containing the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone.
  • Suboxone works by eliminating withdrawal symptoms and cravings for illicit drugs. Suboxone does not produce euphoria in a person with Opioid Use Disorder.
  • Suboxone provided at the proper dose, has no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability.
  • Suboxone is administered in an oral dissolvable film form and taken by the patient at the clinic once a day except Sundays when a take home dose is administered.
  • After a period of stability (based on progress and proven, consistent compliance with the Suboxone medication dosage), patients may be allowed to take Suboxone at home between visits.
  • CTS offers 6 phases of take-home eligibility ranging from phase 1 (Sunday only) to phase 6 (up to 28 days including Sunday).
  • Naloxone is added to Suboxone to decrease the likelihood of diversion and misuse of buprenorphine.
  • Naloxone alone is the same medication used to reverse opioid overdoses. CTS provides Suboxone to treat opioid addiction under the supervision of a physician.

Why Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

With continued drug use, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired.

Brain imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control.

Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of a person who becomes addicted.

FACT

Addiction
is not a
weakness
it is a
disease

Length of Treatment

  • The length of time in methadone treatment varies from person to person.
  • Some patients may require treatment for years. People may safely take medications used in MAT for months, years, several years, or even a lifetime.
  • Even if a patient feels that they are ready to stop methadone treatment, it must be stopped gradually to prevent withdrawal. Such a decision should be supervised by a doctor.

Medication and Counseling Treatment

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies.
  • Counseling is provided through individual sessions, family sessions, or group therapy sessions. The purpose of counseling is to provide a patient with new knowledge, new skills to cope and deal with stressful situations when they arise and provide the means to remain drug-free while achieving a better quality of life.

First Appointment

  • During your first appointment you will meet with a nurse practitioner and counselor to talk about your addiction and discuss if Suboxone treatment is a good fit for you. A clinical and medical evaluation is completed.
  • The counselor will tell you about the CTS treatment program and review some of the program’s goals and guidelines.
  • You are free to ask questions during this appointment and at any time during your treatment.
  • The clinical evaluation will review your drug use history, its effects on your life, the presence of any co-occurring disorders like depression. This time will also involve other tasks such as signing consent forms and obtaining personal data.
  • The medical evaluation reviews your health history, your current general health, and any special medication needs you may have, and verify your readiness to receive Suboxone medication.
  • A physical exam is also provided.
  • Once the physician signs for you to receive Suboxone, you will be given your first dose. •free while achieving a better quality of life. During your first appointment you will meet with a nurse practitioner and counselor to talk about your addiction and discuss if Suboxone treatment is a good fit for you. • A clinical and medical evaluation is completed.
  • The counselor will tell you about the CTS treatment program and review some of the program’s goals and guidelines.
  • You are free to ask questions during this appointment and at any time during your treatment.
  • The clinical evaluation will review your drug use history, its effects on your life, the presence of any co-occurring disorders like depression. This time will also involve other tasks such as signing consent forms and obtaining personal data.
  • The medical evaluation reviews your health history, your current general health, and any special medication needs you may have, and verify your readiness to receive Suboxone medication.
  • A physical exam is also provided.
  • Once the physician signs for you to receive Suboxone, you will be given your first dose.

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. Naloxone is administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose. The medication can be given by intranasal spray.