Suboxone is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are opioid dependent. Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment to help people quit their use of heroin or other opiates. Beverly Knigge has completed specialized training to prescribe buprenorphine to patients.
What is Suboxone?
SUBOXONE Film or tablet is a prescription medicine that contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used to treat adults who are dependent on (addicted to) opioids (either prescription or illegal).
Buprenorphine is used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help people reduce or quit their use of heroin or other opiates, such as pain relievers like morphine or Norco/ Hydrocodone.
Approved for clinical use in October 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), buprenorphine represents the latest advance in medication-assisted treatment. Medications such as buprenorphine, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid dependency. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective.
How Buprenorphine Works
Buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help:
- Lower the potential for misuse
- Diminish the effects of physical dependency on opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
- Increase safety in cases of overdose
Opioid Dependence Treatment Services
- Medical assessments of patient’s addiction and overall health
- Assessments of patient’s treatment needs
- Help in overcoming opiate dependency and addiction
What is Opioid Dependence?
There are approximately 2.1 million people that are dependent on opioids—such as heroin—or prescription painkillers. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to the notion of drug dependence. It is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent.
Opioid dependence is a complex health condition with many elements that are caused or made worse by continued opioid use. Key elements include social, psychological, and biological components. Opioid dependence can occur as the brain adapts to the regular use of opioids over time.
My Philosophy of Buprenorphine
I believe in the importance of developing an accepting and supportive atmosphere to assist patients’ reach their goals. I see the treatment plan as a type of partnership and I want patients to partner with me and my staff to engage in their treatment plan. It’s important to collaborate and communicate effectively with patients using a patient-centered approach, including sharing information, respect, support and patient empowerment.
Please call 630.785.3610 today and we will work together so you may reach your goals!