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Subxone Methodology for individuals looking for Suboxone

Methodology for individuals looking for Suboxone


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Methodology for individuals looking for Suboxone


There is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of full detox using buprenorphine therapy for chronic opiate users.

Background and purpose for this Suboxone Clinic Near Me brief

There is not an opioid dependent patient that does not consider if he or she can come off opiates. They want to know how it might be done and when the care should start.  Fortunately, current medications, including the relatively new, long acting opiate, buprenorphine, allow for the safe detox of such patients, especially if their cumulative opiate use has been less than two years. After two years of opiate use, however, receptor load grows so dramatically that detox becomes harder and harder, even using new, long acting opiates like buprenorphine (SAMHSA, 2005). But after two years of abuse is unfortunately when most of them present. After five years of opiate abuse, furthermore, while high receptor loads may stabilize, neurologic and gastrointestinal damage can continue to escalate to degrees of permanence. At that point, treatment evolves beyond the mere treatment of withdrawal and often extends to encompass care for permanent gastrointestinal and neurologic sequelae unfortunately best treated with long acting opiates themselves (Brunton et al., 2011). Clearly, if opiate use goes past the ten year mark, current data suggests that it would be impractical if not unsafe to attempt to detox these patients off opiates altogether(O'Brien, 2008).

So if under two year users should come off opiates entirely and the over ten year users should not, the clinician caring for the five to ten year user teeters on extremely unsteady ground, unable to decide whether to detox fully or not (Farag, 2008). Maintaining the five year user unnecessarily puts the patient at risk for years of unneeded care after reaching the ten year mark. Yet detoxing fully the five to ten year adult may put the patient at great risk for potentially disastrous outcomes ranging from suicidal depression to death (Brunton et al., 2011). This poorly understood gray zone must be addressed formally in order to set guidelines, create realistic goals, design protocols, and avoid dangerous miscalculations and false hopes. The following summary of the literature reviews current guidelines that may help the clinician in assessing whether or not the five to ten year opiate user should be entirely removed from opiates at all plus suggests treatment options that should be considered if detox in this high risk group is to be successful.



There needs to be an emphasis on not only ordering adjunctive medication and therapy, but monitoring and documenting to ensure that the non-opiate prescriptions were filled and started and that non-pharmacologic physical therapies were pursued, secured, and implemented (SAMHSA, 2005). Only by documenting compliance with non-opiate care can assurance can be made that the ancillary support was actually done and worked or failed (O’Connor, 2010). And if massage, say, failed, perhaps the therapist providing it was not a good fit, or the duration of therapy was wrong. So much can be revised to better optimize non-opiate care with an ever watchful eye to making the next similar, identical, or new taper work even better.



The patient must know that, while there is always a real risk of producing malaise with the process of lowering opiates, malaise can almost always be treated (Hall et al., 2008). Because there is always a risk of depression, lines of communication should guarantee that it can be addressed at any time (O'Keefe, 2003). But even if the doctor on call is not always speedy to respond, patients must be educated to never make upward adjustments on their own (O'Connor, 2005). While increasing opiates can and regularly does lead to death, a lack thereof rarely kills any one (Kleeber, 2002).

A working knowledge of the many downsides to staying on opiates unnecessarily must be taught in order to create a sense of urgency in the detox process. Awareness that a ten year mark approaches with a highly poor prognosis for full detox needs to be heightened if care is to be honest and effective (Kleeber, 2008). The current internet focus on the dangers of opiate withdrawal must see a shift toward the dangers of staying on opiates instead (Krantz et al., 2002). The internet is filled with education provided by street suppliers, foreign and domestic, highly threatened by the advent of new modalities of successful detox. Internet models of opiate dependence range from dated theories on replenishment teaching a need to get back on opiates when they run out instead of the receptor models modern psychopharmacology continues to refine. Patients must be cautioned against their internet sources' reliability (Hall et al., 2008).