The Benefits of Using Suboxone to Get Off Opioids

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Opioids are drugs that change the way your body experiences pain. Some opioids are pain-relief medications prescribed by doctors or used in hospitals. Others are street drugs with no legal use.

People often start using opioids such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone after having dental work, surgery, or an injury.

Unfortunately, some people continue to use opioid drugs even after they no longer need them. Or they take more than their doctor prescribes. This is called opioid misuse. And some people take opioid street drugs such as fentanyl or heroin.

If you’re misusing opioids and have become dependent on them or addicted to them, Dr. Alan Rhoades and the health care providers at New Hope Medical Clinic in Gastonia, North Carolina, can help you with a medical assistance drug called suboxone.

Suboxone and opioid addiction

Taking a suboxone can help you get off — and stay off — opioid medications and opioid street drugs.

Suboxone contains two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that reduces or eliminates withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence. Naloxone is a drug that blocks the feelings of well-being and pain relief that come from opioids.

Although suboxone contains opioid ingredients, it does not cause addiction.

Suboxone can help you end your reliance on opioids when it’s used as part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that includes behavioral therapy, counseling, and/or a 12-step program.

Reasons to break your opioid habit

It may not be easy to break the hold that opioids have on you, but there are many good reasons to do so. Here are a few.

1. You could save your life

Opioid misuse is a huge problem in North Carolina and around the United States. Unfortunately, it can lead to death by overdose.  Between 1999 and 2016, more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. We don’t want you to become one of those statistics.

Taking opioids can also endanger you, your family, and others by affecting your ability to drive safely if you operate a vehicle while under the influence of opioids.

Getting off opioids may be too difficult for you to do on your own. But suboxone can make it easier, so you can get off opioids for good.

2. You’ll protect your unborn children

If you’re a woman, cutting out opioids could protect your unborn children from serious health problems or even death.

Use of opiates during pregnancy can cause miscarriage or low birth weight. It can also result in a drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Babies with NAS are born addicted to opioids. Because of this addiction, they can experience tremors, seizures, trouble sleeping, poor feeding, diarrhea, and other symptoms after birth.

3. You’ll feel better

Opioids can cause a long list of unpleasant side effects, including drowsiness, nausea, lethargy, paranoia, slow breathing, and depression. Although withdrawal can feel uncomfortable, suboxone helps reduce some of the discomforts of getting off opioids.

Once you’ve broken your dependence on opioids, these side effects improve and you feel better.

4. You’ll regain your self-respect

People who’ve broken free from their dependence on opioids also tend to feel better emotionally because they no longer rely on a drug. They feel proud of themselves for eliminating the hold these drugs had on them.

Get help for opioid dependence

If you’re misusing opioids, we’re here to help. We offer judgment-free treatment with suboxone for residents of Gastonia, North Carolina, and its surrounding communities. Don’t wait any longer. Use our online scheduling tool or call our office for an appointment.

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