Is Suboxone Right For You?
Suboxone can help get a life derailed by opiate abuse back on the right track. Suboxone and Subutex are medications that can facilitate recovery but also carry with them the potential for abuse.
When quitting opiate drugs, the withdrawal experience can become unbearable (both mentally and physically). Quitting heroin cold turkey can be so uncomfortable that the person will revert back to using the drug rather than experience the discomfort of withdrawal. With Suboxone:
• You will feel less withdrawal pains
• You will experience reduced drug cravings
• You won’t need to go to a clinic each day to take your medication (like you would with methadone)
With Suboxone, you can regain some stability in your life, and with a clear head and without drug cravings, you can make things right again at work/school and with the people that you care about.
Suboxone is a powerful and effective drug. Is it right for you?
Answer the following 15 questions to find out.
1. Are you physically dependent on opiates?
2. Do you want to take Suboxone?
3. Do you understand how Suboxone works and the risks associated with its misuse?
4. Are you willing and able to follow Suboxone treatment directives?
5. Have you considered other options, such as methadone or medical detox?
6. Is there a doctor in your area that can prescribe you with Suboxone?
7. If you have mental illness, are your symptoms stable?
8. Can you abstain from alcohol while taking Suboxone?
9. Can you abstain from benzodiazepines or other sedatives while using Suboxone?
10. Can you abstain from other illicit drugs while using Suboxone?
11. Do all the medications you need to take interact safely with Suboxone?
12. To your knowledge, can you use Suboxone safely (no allergic reaction, for example)?
13. Are you in relatively good health (no serious medical complications)?
14. Do you have a supportive and sober living situation?
15. Are you ready and motivated to quit abusing opiates?
These questions, which are based on those from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s TIP 40 guidelines for buprenorphine use, should not substitute for the evaluation, diagnosis and advice of a medical professional. But as a general guide, people that answer yes to all of the above questions are strong candidates for Suboxone treatment.
What Do ‘No’ Answers Mean?
Answering ‘no’ to any of the above questions may indicate that you are not a suitable candidate for Suboxone.
Although most people prefer the convenience of monthly medication prescriptions, some people do much better when traveling daily to a clinic for a dose of methadone, and some people will do best when medically detoxed and engaged in addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
Suboxone is an effective drug, but it’s not a miracle cure, and it’s not for everyone.
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