Suboxone® Treatment in Illinois

Suboxone® Treatment in Illinois

Suboxone® is an FDA-approved treatment for opioid use disorder that can triple the likelihood of recovery when paired with counseling or therapy.

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What is Suboxone® Treatment for Opiate Addiction?

Suboxone® is a brand-name prescription medicine consisting of naloxone and buprenorphine, both active ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its use in helping adults overcome opioid addictions in 2002.

Harvard University conducted a study in 2015 that concluded that Suboxone® tripled the likelihood of recovery and opioid abstinence for adults when paired with counseling or therapy versus seeking counseling alone.

What are the Benefits of Suboxone®?

Suboxone® (buprenorphine) treatment stops opiate cravings and eliminates withdrawal symptoms to help individuals recover. Buprenorphine attempts to attach to neuroreceptors instead of the opioid, creating a stronger bond that blocks out the abused substance. At the same time, buprenorphine provides minor suppression of withdrawal symptoms without feelings of euphoria. Some buprenorphine medications also have Naloxone, which is a full inhibitor of the brain’s neuroreceptors. Some of the benefits of Suboxone® include:

Reduced Opioid Use & Misuse Potential

By blocking the neuroreceptors, Suboxone® minimizes the impact of opioids on the brain, reducing cravings for the substance while assisting in long-term recovery.

Eliminated Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone® helps patients successfully recover from opioid use disorder by mitigating withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. While using Suboxone®, patients can mitigate compulsive behaviors and gain control over their addiction.

Extended Treatment Time

By using Suboxone alongside traditional counseling, patients with opioid use disorder can effectively stay in treatment longer without relapse, allowing for a more complete recovery.

Is Suboxone® Trading One Addiction for Another?

Using Suboxone® does not replace an opioid addiction with another problem. Buprenorphine simply eliminates withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings, loss of control, and compulsive behaviors. After eliminating all opioid addiction symptoms, patients enter remission and no longer require Buprenorphine.

The key is the difference between addiction and physical dependence. Buprenorphine helps patients manage pre-existing physical dependence that is medically manageable and allows individuals to wean off the Buprenorphine at the end of treatment. Physical dependence doesn’t require medical treatment like addiction does. Instead, patients go through a short period of physical discomfort normal for an individual who has abused opiates for a significant time.

Comparing Suboxone® to Methadone

Doctors have used Methadone to treat patients suffering from heroin addiction for many years. However, this treatment option often requires patients to visit the clinic daily to obtain the medication, creating a barrier to treatment for many. Not all communities have Methadone clinics, making it challenging for individuals to seek this treatment. Suboxone®, on the other hand, offers a more straightforward solution. Patients receive a prescription for Suboxone® to take home, simplifying treatment and recovery. In addition, Methadone often requires increased doses over time, which can further complicate recovery.

Learn more about the difference between Suboxone® and Methadone.

Suboxone® vs. Vivitrol: Which is Best for You?

While both Suboxone® and Vivitrol® are FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder, they feature different active ingredients, are administered differently, and work differently in the brain. Suboxone® is a short-acting form of buprenorphine that can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms while blocking the effects of illicit opioids, while Vivitrol® is a long-acting, injectable form of naltrexone that blocks illicit opioids. Suboxone® is taken once or twice a day through sublingual tablets or films and can typically be taken 24 hours after a patient’s last opioid use. Vivitrol®, on the other hand, is injected once per month by a healthcare professional in a clinical setting and requires a 7-14 day detox before treatment can begin.

Explore the similarities, differences, and benefits of both medications in our Suboxone® vs. Vivitrol® treatment comparison.

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Suboxone® Treatment Locations in Illinois and Ohio

BRIGHTSIDE has multiple locations across the state of Illinois and a clinic in Kent, Ohio to support you on your recovery journey, no matter where you are. Explore our clinics and connect with a compassionate care professional near you to take the first step towards an addiction-free life.

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