Suboxon And Addiction Medicine Specialist

When you’re addicted to opiates or other drugs, it can feel like there’s nowhere to turn. But with board-certified physician Anasse Souidi, MD, you can find help. At his offices in Trenton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey, he uses addiction medicine, including SuboxoneⓇ treatment, to help you overcome drug dependence. If you’ve tried to quit using drugs on your own but couldn’t, contact Dr. Souidi today. Call or book your appointment online now.

Suboxon and Addiction Medicine Q & A

What are the signs of addiction?

If you’ve experienced obvious consequences from the abuse of drugs or alcohol and you haven’t stopped using them, you may be addicted. These effects can include problems at school or work, in your relationships, or with your health.

Other signs of addiction include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Moodiness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Secret keeping
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Change of peer group
  • Increased risk-taking behavior
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal

What are the symptoms of drug withdrawal?

When you use certain drugs — including narcotic pain medication — on a regular basis, you become dependent. Without the drug, you may experience withdrawal. While there are cognitive symptoms of withdrawal such as irritability and trouble focusing, there are also physical symptoms, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Trembling
  • Sweats

In some circumstances, withdrawal can cause seizures or hallucinations. If you’re showing signs of drug withdrawal, you may need medical attention.

What are drug addiction treatments?

The drug abused and the severity of your addiction determine the type of treatment recommended. In many cases, outpatient therapy — which typically uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) — is the primary source of treatment. Outpatient therapy can be combined with group therapy and support group meetings.

In some cases, inpatient rehabilitation — including detox — is necessary.

Dr. Souidi sometimes prescribes medicine to treat addiction. He prescribes specific medication to manage withdrawal symptoms and lower your risk of relapse.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction and dependence in adults. It’s designed for those addicted to either prescription pain pills or illegal opiates, including heroin. Suboxone comes as a sublingual film and you place it under your tongue.

Suboxone contains two active ingredients:

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist and binds to the same brain receptors as opiates. It reduces withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.

Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and blocks other opiates from binding to brain receptors. That protects from Suboxone misuse and deters you from using other opiates.

If you do use pain pills or heroin while taking Suboxone, you don’t get the desired high but can suffer severe side effects, including depression of your central nervous system.

If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and think addiction medicine may be right for you, contact Dr. Souidi. Call the office or book an appointment online now.

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