Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphine, is a commonly use substance used for opioid dependence treatment. In an ideal situation, Suboxone would be prescribed by a practitioner, along side Substance Abuse Treatment, or 12 Step Program. Buprenorphine is munfactured in many forms; the most common are:
- Under the tongue as a Suboxone Sublingual Strip
- On the skin as a transdermal patch
- a subcutaneous injection called Sublocade
- A six-month continuous delivery Probuphine subdermal implant
Choosing a Hawaii Suboxone Doctor
When choosing a Suboxone Doctor in Hawaii there are a few important factors to consider. To ensure success with medication assisted treatment, selecting a practitioner that monitors your progress closely is key to achieving lasting recovery. Speak with the license practitioner and ask them how closely they monitor their clients, if they typically allow clients to take a few doses of Suboxone home to be self-administered, and how long before they typically start allowing patients to self-administer multiple doses.
Some common factors that are good to consider when in search of a license practitioner include whether they are accepting new patients, their office proximity to the patient’s house, and if their office hours work with the individual’s schedule Because of limits on the number of patients a license practitioner can care for, it may be difficult to identify a qualified license practitioner in or near Hawaii. However, if you have several personal responsibilities, then driving a long distance every day for your Suboxone treatment might not be practical. Our directory or helpline can help you in selecting a license practitioner is a good match for your needs and who is currently accepting new patients.
Success Rates of Suboxone Maintenance and Medically Assisted Detox
An addictive substance in itself, it is widely debated on whether Suboxone actually helps individuals who are dependant on opioids. Some people have reported great success with Suboxone treatment, whereas others did not. One study reported that while on Suboxone there was a decreased rate of prescription painkiller abuse at 49%, but only 8.6% showed success once the Suboxone treatment ended. Other studies have shown similar relapse rates of about 90%, regardless of whether Suboxone treatment was combined with therapy or not.
Alternatives to Suboxone Treatment in Hawaii
Suboxone is only one of numerous treatment options for those addicted to opioids. There are alternative drugs that have previously been used in Hawaii to treat addiction to opiates, including methadone and Naltrexone. These medications might be available to you but have different regulations. For example, only methadone clinics can administer methadone. For individuals who are ready to break free from addiction and who have a supportive home environment or who live in a sober house, these medication assisted treatment options might work for you.
There are contraindications for the use of Suboxone for supporting recovery from opioid addiction. These include, but are not limited to:
- Presence of suicidal thoughts
- Untreated dual diagnosis
- alcohol addiction
- Previous adverse reaction to Suboxone
- Drug interactions with other medications
- Previous abuse of MAT
Addicts who are not a good candidate for Suboxone treatment, unmedicated detox may be the only alternative option. Addicts who plan to go through a clean-slate withdrawal can expect intense flu-like withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings. It is strongly advised to get admitted to a Hawaii opioid detox center that can provide continuous care and monitoring.