Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing support to sustain recovery. Wendy Christensen, APRN, is a primary care provider who specializes in psychiatric health at Dynamic Health & Wellness Center in Tampa, Florida. Mrs. Christensen provides Suboxone® as part of her medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. To find out more about Suboxone treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Suboxone treatment is an FDA-approved medication for opioid dependence. At Dynamic Health & Wellness Center, Mrs. Christensen uses Suboxone to ease drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms while she provides behavioral therapy.
Suboxone is part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence. MAT is a program that combines medications with therapy to treat an opioid addiction. It’s a more holistic approach to addiction that supports and sustains recovery.
Suboxone is a sublingual medication, meaning it dissolves in the mouth. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone.
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that reduces drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also has a “ceiling effect,” which means taking higher doses has no additional effect, reducing risk of misuse.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means it blocks the actions of the opioid. You activate the naloxone in Suboxone if you take the medication by injection, instead of sublingually. Once activated, naloxone sends you right into withdrawal. The naloxone in Suboxone discourages misuse.
Mrs. Christensen determines if you’re a candidate for Suboxone treatment after a consultation. She may consider you a candidate if you have an opioid addiction and you’re ready to get help.
You need to stop taking all opioids before starting Suboxone treatment. If you have any opioids in your system, it activates the naloxone, sending you into withdrawal.
Mrs. Christensen takes a holistic and integrative approach to care and customizes your Suboxone treatment to match your unique needs. She reviews the details of your treatment plan so you know what to expect.
She starts your Suboxone treatment at the office with a low dose. She slowly increases the dose of your medication until you reach a dose that curbs your drug cravings. You continue on your maintenance dose while you go through your behavioral therapy.
You can stop your Suboxone treatment when Mrs. Christensen decides you’ve reached full recovery from your addiction. She slowly weans you off the medication to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
However, you can continue your Suboxone treatment for as long as you need.
To find out more about Suboxone treatment at Dynamic Health & Wellness Center, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.