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You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone – I’m Living Proof

You Can Transition From Methadone to Suboxone – I’m Living Proof   Getting off methadone can be difficult. When done properly, however, switching from methadone to Suboxone can make for a smart transition plan. People have different reasons for making the switch from methadone to Suboxone. Some of the most common motivations include: A desire to avoid daily clinic visits and long wait times to dose Perceived stigma associated with methadone and/or methadone clinics A desire to break free of highly regulated methadone treatment programs Long distance travel required in order to attend the methadone clinic Resolving adverse cardiac effects developed while taking methadone Continued abuse of opiates while in a methadone program What to Expect in Transitioning From Methadone to Suboxone When it comes to switching from methadone to [...]

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Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)   Every day, approximately 130 people in America die from opioid overdose. And for the first time in our nation’s history, people are now more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car crash. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) – a combination of counseling and an FDA-approved medication – is considered the gold standard treatment for opioid use disorder. Medications approved for use in treatment include: Methadone: An opiate agonist that binds to receptors in the brain, effectively blocking cravings and eliminating withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine (Suboxone): A partial opioid agonist that produces weaker euphoric effects and less respiratory depression. It has a “ceiling effect” that lowers the risk of misuse, dependency, and side [...]

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3 Advantages of Suboxone Treatment Over Methadone

3 Advantages of Suboxone Treatment Over Methadone     3 Advantages of Suboxone Treatment Over Methadone Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the combination of medications and counseling for treating addiction, is considered the “gold standard” of care for opioid addiction. The two most commonly used medications for treating opioid dependence are buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone) and methadone. They suppress withdrawal symptoms and relieve cravings, allowing for a more gradual, controlled recovery process that drastically reduces the risk of relapse. While methadone and Suboxone are both important staples in the management of opioid dependence, there are some striking differences between the two. Let’s look at three potential advantages of Suboxone and how they can impact your treatment.     #1 The Additional Abuse Deterrents Advantages of Suboxone Treatment Over Methadone Methadone is a full opioid agonist, meaning [...]

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