How Suboxone Helps People With Opiate Addiction

       

Suboxone is a trade name for buprenorphine. It was developed years ago as a pain reliever. It was later used in Europe as a substance to help people with opiate addiction ( hydrocodone, oxymorphone, heroin, opium and many others with their trade names such as Vicodin). Buprenorphine was approved in the United States in 2002 for opiate addiction treatment.

All opiates attach to “opiate receptors” in the brain. This helps relieve pain, relax people and for some people, it energizes them. Other people will feel drowsy. For some, an opiate will make them feel a sense of well-being and euphoria.

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Medical prescriptions and danger of addiction.

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When people think about opiate addiction they usually think of some moral failing; people want to get high or some other typical cliché. It turns out that none of these are true.

People use opiates/other drugs for all kinds of reasons. Their path to addiction is never a simple one.

Here I want to speak about people that became addicted to opiates through prescriptions given by a doctor.

Hindsight is 20/20, and this is true of doctors also. Over the last 25 years, new medicines were developed, and there was a lot of pressure on doctors to treat pain.

Now looking back 25 years we see that things could've been done more carefully.

Unfortunately, regarding treatment of many types of pain, we are still stuck with the medicines we have and these medicines will always be addictive until we find other methods that are not addictive which is going to be a long time in coming and difficult.

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How much are you spending on drugs

It is something to point out that through my work in this area I have rarely heard anyone refer to how much they are spending on street drugs. When I point out how much it actually is it is often the case that the person is surprised.

Some examples.

  • Any form of hydrocodone can go for 5-10 dollars a pill. If you would take just one a day that is 150 to 300 dollars a month.
  • An average dose for someone addicted might be 10 pills a day which now puts the price at 1500 to 3000 a month or 15,000 to over 30 thousand a year. And the reader will know that many people take 20,40, 50 pills a day.

Oxycodone is more expensive.

  • Herion at a 40 dollar a day habit is 15,000 a year and a 100 dollar a day habit is 36,000 a year.

Does this help make your decision?

Is This the Practice for You?

Dr. Brian LynchI dedicate my practice almost entirely to substance-abuse and of that mostly to the use of buprenorphine(Suboxone, Zubsolv). I am limited to the number of patients I can see and I limit my patient number, voluntarily, to less than that number in order to give a higher quality of care.*It is if you want maximum privacy.

 

  • It is if you want a nonjudgmental supportive atmosphere. Please watch this TED talk to get an idea of my philosophy:  Click Here
  • It is if you would like, to the best of our ability to provide such, a secure fixed time for your appointment.
  • It is if you feel you need to explore why you got into trouble in the first place.
  • This is well-suited for the professional or executive as well as a broad range of other candidates.
  • This is for you if you find downtown Chicago convenient.
  • We appreciate that there are many who become addicted through being prescribed opiates during MEDICAL TREATMENT and that there can be a lot of confusion and guilt related to this.

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How to get off opiates

How to get off opiates?

The honest answer to this question is “with difficulty.”

The only way to truly get off opiates immediately is to stop them. This is usually not feasible as this is primarily not a mental task but a physical adjustment and healing of the brain, after damage has been done healig has to take place.

Simply stopping opiates causes a great many physical and mental problems.

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What is Suboxone used for

Buprenorphine , the generic name for Suboxone, was approved in the United States in 2002 for opiate addiction treatment. It was developed years ago as a pain reliever. Suboxone  Zublv and Bunavail are trade names for buprenorphine. It was later used in Europe as a substance to help people with opiate addiction ( hydrocodone, oxymorphone, heroin, opium and many others with their trade names such as Vicodin).

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