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Suboxone Treatment & Testing

Suboxone® treatment is an effective and relatively safe detoxification method for patients suffering from dependency or addiction to narcotic pain killers or other opiates. Once detox is complete, Suboxone eases the symptoms of withdrawal during the maintenance phase of treatment. It is an alternative to methadone in the treatment of drug addiction. Compared to methadone, Suboxone has a lower potential for abuse and is less dangerous in an overdose.

Stages of Suboxone Therapies

Effective treatment of drug addiction requires comprehensive attention to all of an individual's medical and psychosocial issues. Pharmacological therapy alone rarely achieves long-term success. Thus, Suboxone treatment should be combined with behavioral therapies for a successful recovery.

Induction Stage

This is the medically monitored startup phase of Suboxone therapy. The therapy is administered when an opioid-addicted individual has abstained from using opioids for 12-24 hours and is in the early stages of opioid withdrawal.

Stabilization Stage

When a patient has discontinued or greatly reduced the use of his or her drug of abuse, no longer has cravings, and is experiencing few or no side effects, the Suboxone dose may be reduced during the stabilization stage.

Maintenance Stage

After successfully completing the previous stages, the patient can control his or her cravings with Suboxone instead of heroin or pain killers. With a gradual reduction in the dosage, and the support of family, friends, and a medical team, the patient can obtain a drug-free and stable lifestyle.

Suboxone is not intended for long-term use; rather, it is used to slowly wean a patient off of drugs, which can take several months. Suboxone should only be taken under the care of a medical professional who can appropriately monitor symptoms and progress.

Are you or someone you know struggling with an opioid addiction or opioid dependency? Please call United Medical to schedule a visit with a Suboxone specialist in New Jersey. Our offices are located in Lyndhurst, Clifton, and Bayonne, so there is sure to be an office near you.