Opioid Addiction Michigan - Opioid Addiction Treatment Michigan

What are Opioids?

Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain relief, properties. Medications that fall within this class include Morphine, Vicodin, Codeine, OxyContin, Demerol, and, Darvon. Morphine is often used before or after surgery to alleviate severe pain. Codeine, because it is less efficacious than morphine, is used for milder pain. Other examples of opioids that can be prescribed to alleviate pain include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), propoxyphene (Darvon), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid).

How do opioids affect the brain and body?

Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. When these drugs attach to certain opioid receptors, they can block the transmission of pain messages to the brain. In addition, opioids can produce drowsiness, cause constipation, and, depending upon the amount of drug taken, depress respiration. Opioid drugs also can cause euphoria by affecting the brain regions that mediate what we perceive as pleasure.

What Are the Treatments for Opioid Addiction?

For Opioid Addiction Treatment Michigan, Treatment for Opioid Addiction Michigan, or Opioid Addiction Treatment anywhere, Apex Behavioral Health is your answer. At Apex Behavioral Health, our doctors prescribe SUBOXONE.

Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphine is a more recently approved treatment for heroin addiction (and other opiates). Compared with methadone, buprenorphine produces less risk for overdose and withdrawal effects and produces a lower level of physical dependence, so patients who discontinue the medication generally have fewer withdrawal symptoms than those who stop taking methadone. The development of buprenorphine and its authorized use in physicians’ offices give opiate-addicted patients more medical options and extend the reach of addiction medication. Its accessibility may even prompt attempts to obtain treatment earlier. However, not all patients respond to buprenorphine and some continue to require treatment with methadone.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is used to treat opiate addictions. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. Buprenorphine is similar to other opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin however, it produces less euphoric ("high") effects and therefore may be easier to stop taking. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids such as morphine, codeine, and heroin. If Suboxone is injected, naloxone will block the effects of buprenorphine and lead to withdrawal symptoms in a person with an opioid addiction. When administered under the tongue as directed, naloxone will not affect the actions of buprenorphine.

How Suboxone Works

Suboxone is dispensed in 2 mg and 8 mg tabs. It is taken orally allowing the tablet to dissolve in your mouth. It is comprised of two separate medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning its opioid effects are significantly reduced compared to that of full opioid agonists, such as vicodin or heroin. The naloxone in suboxone is not appreciably absorbed from the digestive track when suboxone is taken orally and is in place to prevent the misuse of suboxone by injection drug users. The combination of these two medications leads to suboxone's effectiveness in treating opioid dependency.

Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Addictions

Suboxone treatment starts when the opiate patient is in mild withdrawal. The initial doses of suboxone are given in the physician’s office as part of an induction period designed to find a comfortable daily dose for the patient. The daily dose is defined by a lack of withdrawal symptoms and the ability of the patient to function comfortably. Typical maintenance level range from 12mg-16 mg. Once the maintenance level is reached, suboxone is administered once daily. The full maintenance dose is taken at one time, normally in the morning. Once the maintenance dose has been reached, the patient may decide to taper off suboxone at any point thereafter. The tapering period typically lasts 2-4 weeks but may be substantially longer depending on the amount of the maintenance dose. During this tapering period, the daily suboxone dose is typically decreased every 2-5 days until the patient is free of suboxone and opiates entirely.

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