Treatment for opioid addiction is most effective when medications are utilized, in combination with behavioral support, to reduce withdrawal, craving, and relapse. For craving and relapse prevention, either buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone can be prescribed.
Suboxone is a brand name combination medication that comes in a dissolving film or tablet containing two compounds - buprenorphine and naloxone. It is the most widely prescribed FDA-approved medication for the treatment of opioid addiction. Buprenorphine binds to opioid receptors in the brain and has both opioid agonist (or activating) and antagonist (blocking) effects. This means that it is able to reduce withdrawal and craving for opioids while also blocking the ability of abused opioids to cause a “high” if relapse occurs. Added naloxone, a full opioid antagonist, makes Suboxone less abusable.
Suboxone helps patients to feel normal and healthy during difficult times. As the first-line recommended medication for moderate to severe opioid addiction, research definitively shows it helps people get off opioids and improves peoples’ lives when taken as prescribed.
MAT (Medication for Addiction Treatment) promotes long-term recovery from opiate addiction by alleviating withdrawal, countering craving, and preventing relapse to opioid use. Research definitively shows that MAT is more effective than counseling alone. Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is safer than methadone and more convenient for most people. Plus, it keeps people engaged in their recovery: in one study, 75% of patients on buprenorphine were still in treatment at one year (as opposed to 0% of patients on placebo-pill).
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is widely considered to be safer than methadone and has a lower risk for sedation and overdose when taken as prescribed.
The recommended effective dose is well-known and can be safely reached within 1-2 days for most patients, whereas effective methadone dosing varies unpredictably from person-to-person and may take weeks to achieve.
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) can be prescribed by licensed and trained medical providers in any treatment setting, whereas methadone is strictly regulated and can only be provided through federally and state licensed opioid treatment programs. Care at such programs is highly standardized which limits individualization of treatment.
One of the things I love about Bicycle Health is the ability to use telemedicine to communicate with my doctor. Appointments can take place anywhere I am: at work, when I’m out of town, even in my bed at home! I am so grateful for the compassionate care I’ve received from Bicycle Health.
I was introduced to Medication Assisted Treatment and it changed my life. Bicycle health was very helpful, supportive and assisted me without judgement. Now I feel I have a reason to live, have hopes for the future and finally feel relatively happy. I have not known happiness as long as I can remember.
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My experience with my Bicycle Health Provider and my health coach has been amazing. They are an experienced company that truly cares about my well being emotionally and physically. They are the best treatment program company that I have experienced and I highly recommend using them!
They care so much. They take the time to meet with you throughout the week to see how your treatment is affecting you personally. They care to find what works best for your body and your recovery. I have taken my life back. I have control over my finances again, I can get in touch with my emotions again and I am no longer hating myself at the end of the day. I’m happier and healthier all around.
I got quick immediate help when I needed it, and everyone I have spoken to has been very helpful and informative during my time of reaching out for help to get and stay clean. I extremely appreciate how helpful the staff and doctor have been. I’m so excited to be a part of Bicycle Health and I couldn’t be more thankful for the help I’ve been receiving. I’ve been able to function throughout the day and just live a better, happier, sober life.
I have not ever had a staff as caring and efficient as Bicycle Health. I have always had every question answered and really feel like my sobriety had been due to the way they care about their patients.
My life has improved 100% on this medication. I can deal with the ups and downs, am rarely depressed, don't have a lot of anxiety and have my energy back. I feel like a normal person again.
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