If you or a loved one has ever been addicted to opiates, you know first-hand the struggle that goes along with trying to detox from them.
Opiates include morphine, heroin, and prescription painkillers like oxycodone. Detoxing from an opiate addiction is extremely difficult, with many people relapsing because they can’t cope with the withdrawal symptoms – or the pain that led them to turn to opiates in the first place.
Thankfully, there are prescription medications that can make the detox and recovery process easier. These include Probuphine implants and Suboxone.
What are Probuphine Implants?
Probuphine implants are one option when it comes to medications that can ease the process of detoxing from opioids.
During the implant procedure, your doctor will insert four Probuphine implants into your arm, which will release a steady, low dosage of medication into your body. This medication will block opiate receptors in your body to reduce addictive urges. This medication has been called a game-changer when it comes to fighting opioid dependence: it helps control cravings and withdrawal symptoms, but does not produce a high.
Probuphine implants are intended to be part of a complete addiction treatment program – one that also includes behavioral therapy.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is another prescription medication option to help ease the opioid detox process. It contains the same medication that is in Probuphine plus naloxone, which helps to reverse the effects of opioids. Together, the two ingredients team up to reduce addictive urges and prevent withdrawal symptoms common with opioid addiction.
Suboxone is a depressant, so it has also been known to have calming and relaxing effects on patients.
While other opioid replacement medications require a prescription from a specialized drug treatment center, Suboxone can be prescribed by your doctor for use in both treatment and during recovery. Suboxone is also intended to be a part of a complete treatment program that includes therapy.
How Do These Medications Help Opiate Detox?
Medications like Probuphine implants and Suboxone mimic the chemical effects of addictive drugs, which helps to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms. These medications are usually prescribed as part of an inpatient or outpatient rehab program.
Their purpose is to help patients make healthier choices while balance is being restored in the brain.
Which is Better for Me?
When it comes to choosing a medication to aid in opiate detox, there are many different considerations.
Suboxone has been shown to be effective in treating addiction to short-acting opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers.
Probuphine implants may be a better choice for longer-acting opioids.
Many doctors prefer either Probuphine implants or Suboxone over medications like methadone, which can be habit-forming. Which medication you select should be a decision reached between you and your doctor, based on your body’s needs.
If you or someone you love is addicted to opiates, let the doctors at Balcones Pain Consultants help turn your life around. Break free from addiction without suffering the painful side effects of physical withdrawal. To schedule an appointment at the Balcones Pain Consultants location nearest you, call (512) 834-4141 or use our only appointment request form.