Being dependent on opioids can have a devastating impact on one’s own life and those involved with that person. However, it can be managed with treatment. Since it is a medical condition that can involve intense withdrawal symptoms it does require professional assistance. The good news – help is available.
At Tallahassee Health and Wellness our team of experts includes a medical physician Dr Mignon Emenike, psychologist with a doctorate degree, and counselors holding Master’s degrees in this specialized area. We all understand the emotional and physical consequences of this addition. Our treatment plan for individuals who have abuse problems with opioids involves a multi-pronged approach including both counseling and medications. We have a wealth of experience and want to help you.
Part of this comprehensive treatment plan used by our experienced team includes the drug Suboxone. It is very effective when administered under the tongue. This drug combines the drugs buprenorphine and naloxone.
- Buprenorphine is a drug that has some effects that are similar to opioids, but these effects are much less than a “full” opioid like methadone, oxycodone, or heroin. So it lessens the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.
- Naloxone is the other drug in Suboxone and this works to block the effects of opioids.
There are some potentially dangerous side effects associated with Suboxone that your caregiver will discuss in depth with you. Briefly, some of these include:
- swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat,
- numbness or tingling,
- and in extreme cases, death.
In addition to administering Suboxone, our treatment plan at Tallahassee Health and Wellness includes counseling and maintenance programs. Through the entire process, we will treat you with the respect you deserve. We are committed to using an empathetic, non-judgmental approach. If you think you may be dependent on or addicted to an opioid be it legal or otherwise; please do not hesitate to call us at 850-656-2006. We want to help.