Outpatient Suboxone Program for Opioid Addiction
The Outpatient Suboxone Program for Opioid Addiction is designed to help patients struggling with opioid addiction. Examples of opioids include heroin, percocet, vicodin, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, MS Contin, and methadone.
The process begins with an initial medical evaluation which is done to determine if patients are appropriate for our suboxone program. Next, an appointment for suboxone induction is scheduled where patients will be observed at our clinic as they initiate suboxone medication. Following successful induction of suboxone, the patient enters a 2-week intensive outpatient program which meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Patients will attend psycho-educational groups aimed to increase safe copings skills to prevent the return to active use, receive individual supportive counseling, as well as receive suboxone by our Addiction Psychiatry Team. Following successful completion of the two week IOP program, patients transition into a 6-week early maintenance group where they receive both addiction education and support while meeting with their Addiction Recovery team. Finally, patients enter into a monthly maintenance group for ongoing addiction education and medical support while receiving suboxone maintenance therapy.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction and can also help with pain control. Suboxone has two components; Buprenorphine and Naloxone.
Buprenorphine is an opiate partial agonsist, which means that it partially binds to the opioid receptor, but not to the same degree as other opioids. There are many opioids which have only agonist activity: heroin, percocet, vicodin, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, MS contin, and methadone. Having only agonist activity means that they bind completely to the receptor. Although other opioids bind completely to the opioid receptor, the brain prefers buprenorphine.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which is not absorbed orally. So if taken under your tongue, it does not take effect.
It should be noted that Suboxone can only be used when withdrawal symptoms are active; early administration of the drug can actually exacerbate symptoms and cause the patient to experience a setback in their addiction recovery.
Please call 617-983-7060 (option #2) for referrals to the Outpatient Suboxone Program for Opioid Addiction.