Do You Really Need Therapy in Suboxone Treatment?

Suboxone is a heroin addict’s savior, or enemy, depending on how it is used and administered. The purpose of suboxone or buprenorphine is to combat withdrawals. Also, recovering addicts can be put in a suboxone maintenance program to help root themselves in the early stages of recovery. Suboxone treatment has proven, on countless occasions, to be beneficial.

Despite the controversy regarding abstinence methods and how they are working to keep addicts clean, suboxone treatment is a constant in the variables of treating addiction. Cognitive therapy in conjunction with suboxone treatment will most likely improve an addict’s chance at maintaining sobriety in the long-run.

Benefits of Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone is typically used when treating withdrawal from opioids such as heroin or oxycodone. It is a partial opioid agonist. It attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain but doesn’t produce effects as euphoric as opioids. The effects of suboxone are designed to help the individual combat the mental obsession and physical symptoms of withdrawal. Suboxone can also act as a long-term deterrent from opioids, which is called suboxone maintenance.

Suboxone helps those addicted to opioids feel normal again. Withdrawal symptoms slowly fade away once the drug dissolves under the tongue. But, despite its beneficial properties, suboxone treatment has shown to be less effective in individuals that are not serious about staying clean.

Whether suboxone treatment is long-term or just used in the withdrawal period, it is effective.

However, using it alone is not enough to maintain recovery.

Why Is Therapy Conducive to Recovery?

Therapy, in a group or individual setting, in my opinion, is the most effective aspect of recovery. Other than abstinence, of course. Active addiction is unpredictable and if you are anything like me, you’ve probably been in some wild situations. Maybe they were “fun” at the time but looking back at it, they were traumatic experiences that severely impacted me both mentally and emotionally.

Without therapy, I would have never been able to overcome the feelings associated with my actions in active addiction. An addict must be willing, open, and honest with a therapist in order for the process to work.

Combining the Two

When a heroin addict finally gives in to the idea of recovery, it is extremely difficult mostly due to withdrawal. Withdrawal is the most undesirable effect of heroin use. For me, I would do anything to escape the beginning stages of withdrawal. Mostly because, at the time, I didn’t want to get clean. However, when I did want to get clean, either on my own or with the help of adetox treatment facility, it always included suboxone treatment. Temporary use of suboxone in conjunction with professional therapy sessions made it easy for me to find the inner-strength I needed to prosper.

Suboxone treatment can also be used for longer durations, which also proves to be effective with cognitive therapy.

Active addiction for me lasted upward of five years. So one can imagine the trials and tribulations I faced during the “using and quitting” cycle so many addicts face before they finally get clean. If they get clean.

What Didn’t Work for Me?

Suboxone treatment and its components worked for me, only in professional settings for a short duration. However, every single time I tried to do it on my own (more times than I can count on both hands) it was unsuccessful.

I always thought to myself, why?

It didn’t occur to me at the time that my lack of success was my own fault. Attempting to administer suboxone on my own, in the company of other narcotic drugs, without professional help was not beneficial to me in the long-run. My thoughts and emotions eventually consumed me and I was back out doing the same things that brought me to rock bottom in the first place.

Suboxone Treatment and Therapy Works If You Work It

The heroin epidemic is sweeping the nation and killing thousands of people each year from an accidental overdose, don’t become another statistic.

As the saying goes, “it works if you work it.” Addicts can be quite stubborn, in or out of recovery but it is possible to recover from addiction. Outpatient therapy in conjunction with suboxone treatment, short or long-term, is highly beneficial.

Keep in mind, suboxone shouldn’t be used in place of heroin or other opioids. This is more common than you might think but with the guidance of professionals, addicts in early recovery can find comfort in the withdrawal process and learn to cope with their feelings and emotions. 

If you are suffering from an opioid addiction that you just can’t seem to kick, it might be time to try a medication-assisted treatment program that uses suboxone. By eliminating the cravings and negative symptoms of withdrawal, you can focus on your recovery and help yourself prevent relapse in the future. The path to lasting sobriety is at your fingertips, we can help you reach it. For a free consultation and assessment, you can call us at 855-627-3437 or contact us online.