How Does Suboxone Work?
Essentially, buprenorphine operates at the same receptors in the brain where opiates such as OxyContin and heroin initiate their physiological and psychological effects. Even though it mimics the same effects that people might experience when taking illegal or prescription opioids, it does not provide them with the same feelings of euphoria or relaxation.
Buprenorphine prevents withdrawal symptoms in patients and also produces less physical dependence and stimulation than traditional opiates.
- A mild detoxification and withdrawal process.
- A maintenance treatment that helps provide stability.
- A lower risk is associated with this drug than there is with methadone.
- It is safter than prescription opiates, which meants that overdosing is unlikely.
- It is long-lasting once patients have entered the maintenance portion of their treatment.
- Patients do not have to make daily trips to a clinic or doctor's office to obtain their medication.
For more information on our Outpatient Suboxone Program contact Keri Smith 330-825-5202 ext. 118.
My name is Adam and this is my story. It was on a Good Friday morning that 3 of my friends and me decided to drink some liquor. I was a 16 year old High School sophomore, who was growing up in a Christian home, and active in my Church’s youth group. About a year later we tried smoking marijuana, and soon this became an everyday occurrence.
At 12 years old I was diagnosed with Chron’s disease. After I had surgery for Chron’s disease I found my drug of choice…pain medication. By the time I graduated from High School I would do any drug you put in front of me. This is when my life began to spiral out of control. Anything that was of value that my family owned mysteriously disappeared, and of course I never knew what happened to it.
As street drugs became harder to get, I had a brilliant idea. I had Chron’s disease, and I could be prescribed any pain killer I wanted. I would tell the Doctors what they were giving me wasn’t strong enough and soon I was addicted to Oxycotin. This led me to two DUI’s and multiple misdemeanor theft charges and losing numerous jobs for stealing. I had exhausted most of my options for getting a fix.
Riding around town on my bike I noticed numerous cars with windows down, doors unlocked, and purses and wallets sitting right out in the open….JACKPOT. This was my new income everyday, until one day my parents found some purses I had gotten rid of yet. They had their fill and drove me to the Police station to turn myself in. I was taken to the county jail and for 6 months I was facing 7 felony charges and serious Prison time. I was given an option to plead guilty to all charges and I could be released to a treatment center.
I plead guilty and chose to go to New Destiny Treatment Center. After arriving at New Destiny I found out the program was 9 months. If I did not complete the program I would go to prison for 7 years. The first day I was in treatment I was semi listening to what was being discussed. I grew up in the church so I knew everything that was being discussed in a class. I knew my stealing and lying was wrong, but I didn’t think my drug use was. I rationalized what I did by thinking I was getting my drugs legally and I had a disease. I ask God to show me how my drug use was wrong. I started looking for verses in the Bible about drug use. My study Bible led me to Galatians 5:20-21. The words “demonic activity” intrigued me. I read that those words, in that context, come from the Greek noun pharmakeia, from which we get the word pharmacy. I got goose bumps and was now out of excuses. That night I gave my life to Christ and surrendered my will. I went on to complete the 9 month program.
I moved back in with my family and for 2 years I used the tools I had learn while in treatment to stay clean. After 2 years I got comfortable and over confident. Due to my disease I was often in pain, so I started using again. My life started swirling out of control, but luckily the Lord intervened and my family decided it was best I go back to New Destiny Treatment Center to the Outpatient Suboxone Program.
Through Christ and the help of my Counselor I have been clean for 5 years. New Destiny Treatment Center has helped me overcome my mistakes and some amazing things have happened to me.