CCG Suboxone Maintenance Treatment

 
 
 

CCG Suboxone Maintenance Treatment

Like our Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), CCG’s Suboxone Maintenance Treatment (SMT) is not just the use of a replacement drug for drugs of addiction. Our SMT program uses Suboxone as one element in a comprehensive treatment program in which Suboxone replaces opiate drugs, including heroin and oxycontin.

Like our Methadone Maintenance Treatment, what distinguishes and increases the success of CCG’s SMT program is the provision of counseling and additional medical and psychosocial services. The key differences between Methadone and Suboxone are explained at bottom.


Suboxone

Suboxone is a long-acting opioid agonist that is prescribed as a treatment for opioid dependence, as well as the management of chronic pain.

Suboxone may be substituted for other opioids because tolerance to one opioid, such as methadone, also blocks the effects of other opioids. This phenomenon is known as cross-tolerance. Cross-tolerance develops between substances that act on the same parts of the brain. Suboxone is taken sublingually (under the tongue) in a form that does not lend itself to injection, thereby not reinforcing the behavior associated with some opiates.

Once the client is stabilized at the right dose, Suboxone:

  • Suppresses opioid withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduces cravings for opioids
  • Is longer-acting (24-36 hours) than other opioids (heroin – 3 to 6 hours) – administered once daily vs. injection several times daily.
  • Prevents intoxication
  • Reduces the euphoric effects of other opioids, such as heroin or pain medication such as Oxycontin or Percocet.

Studies have found that SMT results in:

  • Lower use of other opioids
  • Reduction in mortality
  • Drop in injection drug-related risk behaviors
  • Lowered high-risk behavior (e.g., transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Reduction in criminal activity
  • Increased retention in treatment programs
  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Better social functioning
  • Higher quality of life



CCG’s SMT Program

Like our MMT program, our SMT program addresses the whole person and the whole life. In CCG’s comprehensive SMT programs, our on-site counselors and behavioral health specialists work closely with physicians. This coordination and integration is critical to a patient’s success. Constant communication among all of the professionals involved, and the patient, is essential to providing safe and effective recovery from opiate addiction.

By offering an immersive treatment program and assistance with daily life routines that extend beyond narcotic or opioid sobriety, patients at CCG have the best opportunity for success in their total lives. We provide personal attention and care to initially end addiction and then to heal the whole person over time, giving them knowledge, support, and assistance to lead a healthy and full life.

BUT. . . Suboxone, like Methadone, addresses only the physiological opioid dependence, not the accompanying issues.

Suboxone and Methadone treatments seem similar, but there are some key differences. Click here to learn more


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