Suboxone initially was designed to help people with short-term opiate withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone was initially only prescribed within inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification centers. Currently, Suboxone doctors are recommending twelve to eighteen months to help with restoring natural brain chemistry. At The Epec Clinic, we work closely with our patients, discuss their prescription dosages monthly and work to taper patients down slowly. We do have some patients that are simply uncomfortable without Suboxone on a daily basis. There are alternatives such a once a month Sublocade injection.
Medical Cannabis Prescription - Pain, Anxiety, PTSD
The use of cannabis for mental health purposes is a complex and debated topic. Some people claim that cannabis can have therapeutic effects on mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and others. However, the evidence supporting these claims is mixed and often insufficient due to various factors:
Anxiety and Stress: Some individuals report feeling temporary relief from anxiety and stress after using cannabis. However, for others, particularly those prone to anxiety, it can exacerbate symptoms and induce paranoia or panic attacks.
Depression: While some users report mood improvement with cannabis, long-term use might worsen depression symptoms in some individuals. It's essential to consider potential effects on motivation, memory, and cognitive function that could impact depression.
PTSD: Some research suggests that cannabis might help alleviate symptoms of PTSD in some individuals by reducing nightmares and improving sleep. However, more controlled studies are needed to validate these findings.
Psychosis and Schizophrenia: There's concern that cannabis use, especially in those predisposed to psychotic disorders, could potentially trigger or exacerbate psychotic symptoms like hallucinations or delusions.
Bipolar Disorder: Cannabis may affect mood stability in individuals with bipolar disorder, potentially triggering manic episodes or destabilizing mood swings.
Impact on Brain Development: Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the potential adverse effects of cannabis use on brain development, which could impact mental health in the long term.
Quality and Dosage: Variability in cannabis strains, potency, and individual reactions can significantly impact its effects on mental health. Dosing is crucial, and excessive use may lead to adverse effects.
For more information about Suboxone or Medication-Assisted treatment options here at The Epec Clinic, we are happy to help. Call us 443-559-8354