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Suboxone Therapy


Opiate Replacement Therapy
Opioid dependence—addiction to opioid prescription painkillers such as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Lorcet®, Lortab®, Percocet®, or to heroin—can reset the brain’s chemistry to think the drug is necessary for survival. When your brain tells you that you can’t live without a drug, it can quickly lead to compulsive drug-seeking behavior.

Dependence of Opioid medications has become a national epidemic with Opioid pain medications being the #1 prescribed medication nationwide.  As many as 10-15% of people who innocently started taking pain medication for a truly painful condition may be unable to stop taking those same medications even when the painful condition has subsided.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have defined dependence on opioids—addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin—as a long-term brain disease.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine considers Opiate Replacement Therapy as first line treatment for opioid dependence.

Opiate Replacement Therapy works by substituting long acting opiates such as Suboxone and Methadone for shorter acting agents and can often stabilize addiction and addictive behaviors, and in the case of chronic pain patients, stabilize their pain.

Because opioid dependence is a medical condition, it can be treated effectively with medication assisted treatment combined with counseling and support. Dont let shame or stigma get in the way of getting the help you need. People with other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma also benefit from medical treatment combined with behavioral changes.

The goal of treatment is to help opioid-dependent people stop misusing opioids and regain control over their lives. Medication is only one part of the treatment picture. Talk with Dr. Weathers about how counseling and 12 step programs can increase the likelihood of treatment success - and about the importance of having strong support to help you along.

The Suboxone Medication comes in two forms, film and pills as shown in these two images.  Dr. Weathers will explain the advantages of each form of medication on your first visit to SARAH, LLC.  If you are struggling with opiate dependency, consider a consultation with our Suboxone Expert, Dr. J. Dan Weathers.