Suboxone Treatment

Apopka Medical Center

Dean Behner, MD

Internal Medicine located in Apopka, FL

If you’re struggling with addiction and want help with recovery, Suboxone® therapy may be a helpful component of your treatment. Dr. Dean Behner provides closely monitored Suboxone therapy at Apopka Medical Center in Apopka, Florida. If you want to recover from addiction and are ready to commit to your health, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Suboxone Treatment Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a widely misunderstood brain disorder that manifests as compulsive substance abuse, despite ever-increasing negative consequences. Addiction cause distorted thoughts, behaviors, and body function.

Abnormalities in your brain wiring cause the intense cravings for a substance. Studies also show that your brain has abnormalities in the locations responsible for judgment, decision making, and impulse control. Over time, substance abuse further damages your brain function.

What is Suboxone therapy?

Suboxone therapy is part of an addiction recovery program. Suboxone is a medication that controls and relieves the physical symptoms of withdrawal. It blocks the effects of opioids, including heroin and prescription pain pills.

Dr. Behner offers Suboxone as either a sublingual tablet or a film that you dissolve under your tongue. While it reduces the side effects of withdrawal, it doesn’t cause any euphoria. In fact, it can block the good feelings created by heroin and narcotic painkillers.

What should I expect during Suboxone therapy?

Treatment typically includes several steps to help you learn to control your cravings, cope with any problems that contribute to your substance abuse, and recover from physical addiction. Suboxone works by helping to control your physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so you can focus on the other parts of your recovery program.

There are four phases of Suboxone therapy.

Induction

During this first phase, Dr. Behner prescribes the lowest possible dose to subdue your withdrawal symptoms and calm your cravings. He closely monitors your progress and helps you control your physical need for drugs.

Stabilization

The stabilization phase begins when you no longer have physical cravings for opioids and other side effects have diminished.

Maintenance

The maintenance phase is when you add counseling or behavioral therapy to your recovery program. As you become more stable and in control of your thought processes and decisions, you begin to taper off your Suboxone prescription under Dr. Behner’s supervision.

Recovery

Finally, you enter recovery. You’re in control of your addiction and are no longer dependent on any illicit substances or Suboxone. You may want to continue with therapy or other programs for additional support as you begin your new sober life.

Call Apopka Medical Center or make an appointment online today to get expert help for addiction including Suboxone therapy.