Addiction is a treatable disease that involves more than the use of drugs. It is often the pain management physician who is first able to recognize the disease.
Suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) is a treatment we offer and an effective first step in treatment for one of the most difficult aspects of the disease – physical dependence of opiates and their withdrawal. Once the physical dependence is managed, the next step is a movement towards REAL recovery.
Suboxone is not a treatment for addiction – it is only helpful for the physical aspects of the disease of addiction. Suboxone is only useful as an opportunity to create a break from active addiction in order to learn about your disease, to seek and to develop a program of recovery, and then to actively work and to live that program.
Methadone maintenance is another tactic which is different from buprenorphine (Suboxone.) It is used because it is potent, long-acting, and inexpensive. However, WE ARE NOT A METHADONE CLINIC and WE DO NOT PRESCRIBE METHADONE FOR NARCOTIC DEPENDENCY MAINTENANCE.
Many patients ask about Subutex which is buprenorphine without naloxone. Subutex may be used in helping to control pain but it is not indicated for narcotic dependency.
Please know that you do not have to go through this alone. We are here to help… Just reach out and ask.