Opioid dependence—addiction to opioids such as prescription painkillers or heroin—is a challenging and complicated condition, but it can be treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling and support. Overcoming opioid dependence can overwhelm. That’s why the formulation of your medication should help make your experience convenient.
SUBOXONE Film, an innovation in treatment experience and convenience, is indicated for long-term treatment of opioid dependence and should be part of a complete treatment plan that includes counseling and support. SUBOXONE is specially formulated to be taken at home once daily during your ongoing treatment.
If you think you can go it alone, consider that opioid cravings can occur months and even years after your last use. Their suddenness and intensity can put even the most committed people at risk for relapse. That’s one reason counseling is important. Counseling can help you learn practical ways to cope with events, circumstances, or social situations you associate with your past drug use. When the treatment includes medication combined with counseling, the likelihood of success is increased because opioid dependence is more than a physical condition. Emotions and behavior are also part of the picture—and that’s where counseling can help. While SUBOXONE helps you reduce physical cravings associated with the disease, counseling can help you change your behavior and lifestyle, making it easier to focus on your treatment goals.
Jose Veliz MD is the medical director of Palomar Spine & Pain, in Escondido, CA (North San Diego County).