Suboxone is a type of medically assisted therapy that is often used in treatment programs that are designed to help people overcome opioid addiction. Withdrawal from opioids often involves a long and uncomfortable process that deters people from trying to stop using drugs. While this was a serious barrier to addiction recovery in the past, new discoveries in modern medicine have made it possible for you to use suboxone to ease may of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that stand in your way of sobriety.
There are several different forms of suboxone, and your counselors will help you identify the best one for you. For instance, some people use films or tablets to take it while others prefer a monthly injection. Either way, adding this medication to your treatment plan may be beneficial for helping you enjoy the best chances for long-term recovery.
Naturally, you are curious about what it means to take suboxone. After all, you would never want to hinder your chances for a good career once you are sober. Fortunately, people who take suboxone find that it helps them get the most out of life by easing their desire to use opioids that interfere with their ability to work and have healthy relationships. As you explore your treatment options, use this information to help you make the best decision for your specific lifestyle needs.
How Does Suboxone Work for Addiction Treatment?
You must first understand how suboxone works. Unlike actual opioids, suboxone does not get you high. Instead, it blocks the effects of opiates from receptors in your brain. This means that using opioids while you are taking suboxone will not have the same effect, which helps you make the decision to not use them. Since suboxone works with the same opioid receptors in your brain, it also eases withdrawal symptoms. While you still might experience some mild withdrawals such as headaches or nausea, they will not be as debilitating as they would be if you tried to go cold turkey.
While suboxone offers many benefits for helping you recover from addiction, you should be aware that it is not a solo cure. Instead, medication assisted therapy is best performed with other types of therapeutic services so that you can benefit from a well-rounded approach to your treatment. A few of the types of therapy programs offered along with suboxone include the following options:
• Family counseling
• Mindfulness and meditation training
• Trauma resolution therapy
• Intensive outpatient therapy
When you first enroll in a treatment program, all of these options will be discussed with you along with whether or not you are a good candidate for suboxone therapy. During this initial consultation, you will also have an opportunity to have your basic questions answered so that you understand more about how suboxone works for treating addiction.
Will I Be Able to Work While Using Suboxone?
The ability to go back to work is a highlight for those who have battled addiction. Naturally, you do not want anything to stand in your way of rebuilding your life. For most people, it is safe to go to work while using suboxone. However, there are a few things to know about how to do it safely.
Suboxone does sometimes create mild side effects such as dizziness that could affect your ability to do certain types of work. You will begin using suboxone while you are in the treatment center and under the care of your medical team. This allows you to learn how your body responds to the suboxone before you ever return home and go back to work.
In most cases, you will find that any side effects that you experience are mild enough that they do not affect your ability to perform your job duties. In fact, you will be better able to maintain a career when you are not stuck in the throes of dealing with addiction. Keep in mind that adjustments to your dosage could alter your reaction so always follow the medication instructions and be cautious about activities such as driving until you know how you react.
What Are Other Ways to Prevent Relapse?
Many people find that suboxone gives them that extra boost for recovery that makes it possible to stop using opiates. Yet, there are additional tools that you can add to your plan to help prevent relapse. In addition to your medication assisted therapy, you may choose options such as intensive after care programs where you can continue to work through the underlying causes for your addiction.
Relapse prevention also involves working toward building a healthier lifestyle. Ending your addiction to opiates gives you the opportunity to renew your former interests and hobbies. Staying busy with healthy recreational activities such as swimming, hiking and playing sports all help you to fill up the time that you now have free since you stopped using opiates. While it does require serious effort in the beginning, you will quickly adapt to your new lifestyle and learn to prefer it over the painful experiences that you had while using opiates.
Before you leave treatment, one of the things that you may focus on in your therapy sessions is finding and keeping a job. When you were in the throes of addiction, you may have made mistakes that made it hard to work such as showing up late. Now, you have a chance to show that you are capable of maintaining your career. As you prepare to reenter the workforce, talk to your counselors about things you can do to improve your chances of finding successful employment. For instance, you may benefit from practicing your interview skills or you may enjoy learning about what skills you bring to the table. With suboxone helping you avoid opioid cravings, you will be able to focus your mind on reaching your goal of finding a fulfilling career.
The decision to get sober gives you the best chances to reach your goals at work. For more information about what to expect with medication assisted treatment, contact us at 877-978-3148