What is Suboxone?
-Suboxone is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients naloxone and buprenorphine. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on opioids. Suboxone is an indicated treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan by your provider.
Outpatient Suboxone Treatment Program:
Stage I- Induction: After successful detox off of opioids patients are assessed for candidacy depending on a multitude of factors. If deemed appropriate induction at Harris House will begin. Patients will receive their first doses of Suboxone on the Inpatient Unit and will be titrated until cravings are manageable. During this time patients are observed closely to monitor for any issues or side effects.
Stage II- Stabilization: Once the patient’s dose of Suboxone is adjusted to their own therapeutic level that alleviates cravings, they are under close observation due to high rate of relapse during this time. Utilizing Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), help with this process so the patient is engaged in psychosocial counseling with random urine testing to ensure compliance, misuse, or possible diversion. Stabilization is undetermined and can last several weeks depending on the individual.
Stage III- Maintenance: During this time patients continue to utilize therapy and other appropriate therapeutic options but are now in a less restrictive environment. They are hopefully again functioning socially and occupationally on an outpatient basis maintaining recovery. Patients continue on their appropriate dosage of Suboxone undergoing random urine drug testing but usually during this stage are given more doses of medication as they are building more trust and more recovery time “under their belt”. The Maintenance Stage is individualized and can last an undetermined amount of time.
Detoxification: Patient’s must be supervised medically during discontinuation of Suboxone. Detox can occur quickly, immediately after a brief Induction/Stabilization period has been completed, or Detox can occur slowly after an individualized maintenance period of appropriate length. Supportive treatment during and after Detox is encouraged because many issues or stressors can lead to a relapse having to restart the process.
If you have any other questions please contact the office at (314) 200-2628 or visit- www.suboxone.com
**Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days to avoid sudden opioid withdrawal.
What is Vivitrol?
- Vivitrol is an antagonist that blocks opioid molecules from attaching to opioid receptors.
Opioid - This once monthly treatment is proven to prevent relapse in opioid dependent patients when used with detoxification and counseling. Vivitrol blocks the opioid receptors in the brain while you work with the several other psychological aspects of therapy and counseling.
Alcohol - This once monthly treatment is proven to help reduce heavy drinking in alcohol dependent patients when used with therapy and counseling. Utilizing both Vivitrol and counseling can help reinforce the recovery process every month while you work on the several other psychological aspects of addiction through counseling.
If you have any other questions please contact the office at (314) 200-2628 or visit - www.vivitrol.com
-Used with counseling
-Not a narcotic
Are you accepting new patients?
- At this time we are not accepting new patients.
555 N New Ballas Road. Suite 220
St. Louis, Missouri 63141
+1 (314) 200-2628
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