If your chronic pain has made you dependent on opioids, or if you’re hooked on heroin, you need to break your addiction. At Murphy Medical Associates — with three locations in Greenwich, Stratford, and Stamford, Connecticut — our doctors offer Suboxone® sublingual film to help you transition away from stronger opioids and toward sustainable and healthy pain management. To find out if you’re a candidate for Suboxone, contact your nearest Murphy Medical Associates center by phone or via the online form.
Suboxone is a combination of two types of opioids — buprenorphine and naloxone — that have weaker effects than other opioids. Because Suboxone binds to the same receptors that more potent opioids bind to, it stops you from craving stronger drugs. Suboxone doesn’t get you high and you can’t overdose on Suboxone alone.
According to the Ochsner Clinic Foundation — a nonprofit, academic health center — 4.3 million people in the United States abused prescription opioids in 2014, 1.9 million had an opioid disorder that was related to prescription opioids, and more than half a million had a heroin-related opioid disorder. More women and men in the US die from drug overdoses today than from any other form of accidental death.
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) that weans people from drug addictions cuts the number of fatal overdoses in half. Right now, only about 10% of addicted women and men are getting the kinds of treatments they need, including MAT and psychological help, to break the cycle of addiction. You can use Suboxone in conjunction with other kinds of treatments, including 12-step programs.
Suboxone is a life-saving treatment that doesn’t cause addiction. Although it works on the same receptors in your brain as other opioids and heroin, its effects are much less potent and you don’t get “high.” Instead, Suboxone blunts the intoxicating effects of stronger opioids, normalizes your brain chemistry, and prevents cravings.
Some people falsely believe that addiction is a matter of willpower, rather than a chemical problem in the brain. When you use Suboxone to control your addiction, you’re no “weaker” than someone with diabetes who uses insulin injections to control their blood-sugar levels.
Suboxone is a film that you place under your tongue, where it gradually dissolves and enters your bloodstream. You must carefully follow your Murphy Medical Associates doctor’s dosing recommendations. Don’t take Suboxone with other drugs, including other forms of buprenorphine or naloxone, and don’t drink alcohol while taking Suboxone.
To find out if you qualify for Suboxone to wean yourself off of stronger opioids and get back to the life you deserve, contact the dedicated team at Murphy Medical Associates by phoning the Greenwich, Stratford, or Stamford office or using the convenient online form.