Suboxone Treatment Specialist

Headrick Medical Center

Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Addiction is startlingly common with almost 20 million Americans over the age of 12 struggling with a substance abuse disorder. At Headrick Medical Center, Daniel J. Headrick, MD, and the team offer customized Suboxone® treatment to help you or your loved one recover from addiction and restore your quality of life. Call the San Juan Capistrano, California, office or schedule a consultation online today.

Suboxone Treatment Q & A

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a well-known brand of buprenorphine and naloxone that may help you recover from addiction to opioids. It’s a partial opioid agonist that blocks the opioid receptors in your brain, reducing your cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Headrick Medical Center prescribes Suboxone to help you reduce and eliminate your addiction to opioids, such as prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl. 

Suboxone is a depressant. In addition to lowering your withdrawal symptoms, you may also feel calmer and more relaxed. You may also have fewer perceived worries and an enhanced overall sense of wellbeing. 

How does Suboxone help with addiction?

Your provider may suggest Suboxone at different stages of your recovery, including your withdrawal and maintenance phases. 

Suboxone is often combined with individual and group therapy to help you develop strategies and techniques to control your behavior and avoid situations that would trigger your urges to use drugs.

Although Suboxone controls the physical effects of addiction, it’s most effective when it’s included in a comprehensive treatment plan for addiction. 

You can focus your energy on participating in therapy and addressing the underlying issues that lead to drug misuse and addiction.

What should I expect during Suboxone treatment?

If Dr. Headrick thinks that Suboxone will help you recover from addiction, he will give you customized instructions on how to prepare for your treatment. 

On your first day of treatment, you can expect to spend at least two hours at Headrick Medical Center, so your provider can supervise your treatment and ensure your dose is correct. 

You need to be in withdrawal when you start treatment, otherwise, Suboxone may trigger severe withdrawal symptoms. Staff supervises you carefully during your first dose to ensure your safety and to adjust your dose, if necessary. 

After your first treatment, you take Suboxone on your own but have frequent appointments with your provider. 

For example, you may meet with your provider twice a week during your first week of treatment and at least once a week until you and your provider are confident that you’re taking Suboxone correctly and that your dose is meeting your needs.