Today you are one step closer to breaking the chains of your addiction. Empower yourself as you take a positive path to growth and well-being.
As an addiction specialist, my goal is to help you live your life without relying on abused substances.
While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life so that you can deal with them without relying on illicit drugs.
If you are addicted to opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine (MS Contin, Kadian), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxymorphone (Opana), or heroin, there is a legal medicine called buprenorphine (commonly called Suboxone when combined with naloxone) that can be prescribed to reduce withdrawal and cravings and allow you to stop abusing illegal opioids. Buprenorphine is the main active ingredient in Suboxone and Zubsolv. It can be legally purchased in a pharmacy like many other medications, and most insurance companies pay for it.
The opioid you may be presently using is probably a full opioid agonist. This means the drug binds to opioid receptors in your brain and completely activates those receptors. Burprenorphine, on the other hand, binds to those same receptors but only partially activates them. This results in enough receptor activity to eliminate withdrawal and cravings, but not enough activity to cause euphoria or make you feel high. Instead, buprenorphine allows you to feel normal again. Because it is long-acting, you do not have to take buprenorphine many times throughout the day. A very important action of buprenorphine is that it attaches to opioid receptors more strongly than does the abused opioid (e.g., heroin). So, in the battle over which drug will activate the receptor - heroin or buprenorphine - buprenorphine wins. This tends to keep heroin from making you high if you were to lapse and use heroin when being maintained on the buprenorphine medication. Thus, you'll have decreased or no cravings or withdrawal, and your abused opioid won't work. Plus insurance pays for the medication. Because you buy it at a drug store you don't have to go to a clinic every day, or risk your life meeting a drug dealer. That's pretty good.
If you have an addiction, or are interested in finding out if buprenorphine (Suboxone/Zubsolv/Bunavail) is right for you, please call or email me for an individual consultation today. All correspondence is strictly confidential.
Wishing you well,
Dr. Dave Simon