Our Suboxone® Treatment Program
Suboxone treatment can be very effective for opiate dependency. Learn what you can expect and how Suboxone works when you come for treatment in our Long Island and NYC locations.
When you are ready to begin treatment, call (917) 310-3371 in Hicksville, Long Island or in Brooklyn. We are open 7 days a week.
What To Expect With Our Suboxone Treatment Program
You are an ideal candidate for opioid addiction treatment with Suboxone if:
- You are dependent on opioids.
- You are willing to follow safety precautions for treatment.
- You are committed to your treatment.
- You have no contraindications to buprenorphine treatment.
- You agree to get treated with Suboxone.
Three Phases Of Suboxone Treatment
Our medical doctors will lead you through three phases of buprenorphine therapy: induction, stabilization, and maintenance.
Once you have discontinued or greatly reduced the use of opiates and no longer have cravings or side effects, you will enter the stabilization phase. Often our doctors make adjustments in the Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) dose during this phase. Once stabilized, it is sometimes possible to switch to alternate-day dosing as Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) has a very long half-life.
Once you are doing well on a steady dose of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone), you have reached the maintenance phase. The length of time of this phase varies from patient to patient. Once you are stabilized, our doctors will lead you through a medically supervised reduction and stoppage of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) over a 2 to 4 month period.
How Suboxone Works
Suboxone comes in a thin film that you place under your tongue causing it to dissolve. Suboxone is taken by mouth and dissolved under the tongue. The medicine gets absorbed through the mucosal lining and spreads through the bloodstream to bind to opiate receptors, relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is a slow onset and fairly long-lasting opiate compound. This helps it provide sustained relief from withdrawal symptoms. Anyone on Suboxone can have a normal life and not have to worry about constantly taking opiates to prevent a debilitating withdrawal syndrome.
Buprenorphine is an opioid medicine with a maximal effect that is less than the effect produced by other opiate drugs. At low doses, buprenorphine produces just enough effects to enable an individual to quit using opioids without experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine also has a “ceiling effect,” which means that higher doses quickly reach a plateau in their effects. Hence, buprenorphine carries lower risks of abuse or addiction. It also has lower side effects than other opiates. In fact, in high doses, buprenorphine will block the effects of other opioids and can even precipitate withdrawal.
Naloxone is added to buprenorphine to decrease the likelihood of diversion and abuse of the combination medicine.
Stopping Suboxone needs to be a gradual taper under medical guidance, else there is risk of a withdrawal syndrome. Most of the time, a 4 to 6 week period is sufficient for a slow tapering of the medicine.
Suboxone is highly effective and has been used successfully for opiate withdrawal for over a decade.
How Can I Get Suboxone?
Suboxone may only be prescribed by physicians authorized to do so under a federal program. Suboxone doctors need to have undergone special training in the buprenorphine treatment of opioid dependency. The best way to find medical doctors who have been approved to write prescriptions for Suboxone is through the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website:
There are other paid listings on “locator” websites that may promote one doctor over another based on their mutual agreement. It is best to call the medical office to find out all the details before actually going to one.
It is best to refer to the manufacturer websites for up-to-date comprehensive listings of drug interactions, contraindications, warnings, and precautions.