Opioid use and abuse is a national crisis that requires dedicated medical professionals to stop dependency and addiction. To help meet the needs of the community, Courtney Lowe, MD, at Etowah Family Medical in Gadsden, Alabama, is certified in Suboxone® treatment, which is an opioid dependence treatment medication. To learn more about Suboxone and get help with your opioid dependence, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Opioids are a class of drugs that doctors prescribe to treat severe pain. Types of opioids include:
Heroin is also an opioid.
These medications stop pain by releasing endorphins that block the pain messages from your spinal cord to your brain. The endorphins also provide you with a feeling of pleasure.
Opioids are addictive because of how they affect your endorphins. With continued use of opioids, your body decreases its own endorphin production. In order for you to “feel good,” you need to continue taking opioids to get the pleasure sensation. Over time, your body also develops a tolerance to the opioid, so you need to take more and more to get the same effects.
Suboxone® is a medication that is FDA approved to treat opioid dependence. The medication contains two specific substances that help curb your dependence on the addictive drug:
These two medications work together to help control your cravings and decrease your dependency on the opioid.
Dr. Lowe is certified in Suboxone treatment and determines if you’re a good candidate for Suboxone during a consultation. It’s FDA approved for the treatment of opioid dependence. To be considered a good candidate you must:
You must also be willing to abstain from your opioid use for up to 24 hours before you begin treatment with Suboxone.
Dr. Lowe follows very strict protocols for Suboxone treatment. He determines your initial dose and adjusts as needed so you can wean and discontinue your use of the opioid. Once he’s identified your stable dose, which is indicated by your lack of withdrawal symptoms and cravings, then you continue on that dose of Suboxone.
You can safely remain on Suboxone indefinitely. If you desire, Dr. Lowe also works with you to wean you off of Suboxone when he feels you’re ready.
Opioid dependence is a national crisis, but there are treatments that can help you get over your need for this highly addictive drug. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lowe to learn more about Suboxone, call the office today or book an appointment online.