The Suboxone treatment plan is not the same for everyone. Thus, before you begin the procedure, it is best to do some research on what a typical Suboxone treatment plan looks like. Besides, there are a few things you should consider based on which you can decide if this type of treatment is right for you:
When did you use the opioids last time?
What type of opioids are you dependent on?
Your opioid dependence level.
The type of opioid is the most important thing to consider before starting treatment.
Some long-acting opioids, such as fentanyl or methadone, require patients to wean themselves off slowly before starting treatment.
However, for short-acting opioids, such as heroin, we can start treatment with Suboxone® 12 hours after the last dose. Also, it doesn't matter what the substance is; treatment can only be started with evidence of opioid withdrawal.
The treatment with Suboxone® consists of four phases.
In this phase, the doctor works with the patient to find the dose that can help relieve withdrawal symptoms and opioid cravings. Suboxone doctors start with a low dose and gradually increase it until the desired results are achieved.
Once the doctor has determined the correct dose, they begin the stabilization phase. In this phase, they examine the primary cause of the addiction, regardless of the symptoms of physical dependence. They counsel patients, and it has often been observed that patients stop abusing illicit opiates during the stabilization phase.
In this phase, the patient will be able to enjoy their life as before. All they have to do is follow the medication schedule prescribed by their doctor and continue to take it.
This is basically the withdrawal of the suboxone. However, before withdrawal, the patient and doctor will work together to taper the suboxone dose too slowly. This phase continues until the patient no longer needs the medication. The phase can last from 1 to 2 years, depending on the patient's willpower.