A state of emergency was declared in Arizona, as well as around the United States, in response to the increasing amounts of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. A part of the strategy to combat this problem was investment in the treatment and prevention of opiate use disorder. Medication assisted treatment is the use of FDA approved medications such as suboxone or methadone in combination with behavioral therapy/counseling.
Suboxone is a sublingual film that combines the two medications buprenoprhine and naloxone. Buprenorphine has numerous actions at the opioid receptor which functions to help block withdrawal, reduce the side effect of respiratory depression, and reduce opiate cravings. To prevent diversion or illicit use of suboxone, it is combined with naloxone, which will reverse the effects of the buprenorphine if not used as directed. Naloxone is otherwise known as “Narcan” and is one of the life saving treatments used in opiate overdoses.
Unlike methadone, suboxone can be prescribed from an outpatient office and does not require you to report to a clinic every morning for doses. Maintenance doses are usually established within 2-3 days of induction. Induction typically occurs when the individual is in mild to moderate stages of withdrawal.
Arizona Psychiatry offers in office induction of suboxone, as well as the maintenance phase of treatment. Once a successful induction has occurred, you will be seen weekly to monitor the progress of the treatment. In addition to medications, all individuals undergoing suboxone treatment at Arizona Psychiatry will be required to attend counseling or therapy specifically related to addiction. This is required by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and we will not make any exceptions to this rule.
For more information about suboxone treatment please contact Arizona Psychiatry. We currently are offering suboxone services in the greater Tucson.
Other suboxone resources that may be helpful are listed below.