The opioid epidemic in Maryland and throughout the United States has brought turmoil to families and individuals for hundreds of years. Opioid addiction, also known clinically as opioid use disorder (OUD), can be treated as effectively as other chronic diseases; however, its effective treatments, which include the use of medication, are not always accessible to people at a local level. Addiction Medication Clinic is committed to offering evidence-based outpatient addiction treatment to people living in Prince George’s County. If you are struggling with opioid use disorder and your attempts at tapering have been unsuccessful, finding a Suboxone clinic near you can help you live a healthier, more functional life.
Outpatient Treatment for Fentanyl & Other Opioid Addiction
Causing more than 100 deaths per day in the US, the opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. And adding potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl to narcotics that are already toxic has contributed to the overdose crisis. Opioid use disorder (OUD) and polysubstance use are chronic medical issues. The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, also known as Suboxone, has proven effective in decreasing opioid overdose deaths and preventing crime. Suboxone strips are dispensed on a sublingual film
How to Take Suboxone Film
The sublingual film formulation of Suboxone makes it easier for people to ensure they get the correct dose of the medication. To take the medication, place the film under your tongue and – without moving the Suboxone film – wait around ten minutes until it completely dissolves. Do your best to avoid swallowing before the film is dissolved. To ensure that the medication works as it should, do not swallow or chew the film after it is placed under the tongue.
When people with opioid use disorders have access to – and are able to remain in – outpatient treatment, they are less likely to experience an overdose. People are most likely to remain in outpatient treatment when they have access to the following components of treatment:
- A medication like Suboxone that can allow them to feel normal
- Personal determination and commitment to recovery
- Support and encouragement from clinic employees
When taken as prescribed, Suboxone relieves the pain and anxiety associated with opioid withdrawal. It can help people live more normal lives and maintain employment. However, for an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program to be effective, participants need to participate in counseling or group therapy.
Suboxone Alone is Not Enough
While we understand that counseling and group therapy can be time-consuming, people need to work through the issues that caused them to start misusing their medication in the first place. If you are expecting miracles from Suboxone–or any drug for that matter – you are likely to be disappointed.
At Addiction Medication Clinic, we believe that people in recovery should have the freedom to choose the programs that work best for them. For some people, that might be sitting one-on-one with a therapist. For others, attending a Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting offers therapeutic results.
Overcoming Addiction in Prince George’s County
The longer a person has been misusing opioids, the more health problems they are likely to have. It is often difficult for a person to come to terms with the realization that many of their health problems are the result of medication misuse, especially if those medications were initially prescribed by a physician. If you are ready to make a change in your life but keep falling back into old habits, a Suboxone clinic offers one component of outpatient addiction treatment.