Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Suboxone is a medication used to treat opiate addiction by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and pschological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body.
Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphrine suppresses and reduces cravings for those who are addicted. When Suboxone is used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, it can be successful in treating patients.
There are no time limits for treatment with Suboxone.
The length of therapy is determined by the patient and provider. If the patient and provider agree that the time is right for a medical taper, s/he will slowly lower the dose, taking care to minimize withdrawal symptoms. If at any time the patient feels at risk for relapse during a taper, the provider should be informed immediately.
It is important to know that MAT programs provide a safe and controlled way to overcome the use of an abused opiate. It is essential that Suboxone be used under the care of a medical provider.