WHAT IS SUBOXONE?
Suboxone is the first opioid medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction in the privacy of your doctor’s office. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist that blocks other opioids from attaching to receptors in the brain. This treatment can help you stop misusing opioids. Treatment with Suboxone can help you rebuild your life. In most cases patients can take Suboxone home, just like any other medication after they have had a thorough health evaluation by a qualified physician.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS SUBOXONE?
Buprenorphine, the primary ingredient in Suboxone, has been studied extensively since 1978 when it was first proposed for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction. A number of clinical trials have established that Buprenorphine is affective to stop opioid addition and abuse by:
HOW DOES SUBOXONE WORK?
SUBOXONE is a partial opioid agonist that produces “less affect” than that a full opioid agonist (such as Heroin, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin etc.) when it binds to opioid receptors in the brain. When these receptors are stimulated, they cause different neuromodulators (chemicals) to be secreted in certain areas of the brain which cause euphoria and are also responsible for the reinforcement of ADDICTION/ PHYSICAL DEPENDENCE AND WITHDRAWALS when the drug is stopped. The way different opioids work can be explained using the lock and key example. Receptors are like a lock to a door. Only the correct key will fit the lock, and only opioid like drugs fit opioid receptors. With partial opioid agonists such as SUBOXONE, the key fits the lock but does not open the door all the way so it produces less than full opioid agonist affects, and at the appropriate dose, it blocks other opioids from fully opening the door. Therefore, the patient feels “NORMAL” while taking the appropriate dose of SUBOXONE without the effects of euphoria or withdrawal symptoms.
HOW LONG WILL YOU STAY ON SUBOXONE?
The length of therapy varies with each individual. The purpose of SUBOXONE is to provide a treatment that stops the euphoric effect of opioids and that reinforces drug dependency and addiction and at the same time reduces cravings and stops withdrawal symptoms. After finding the correct starting dose of SUBOXONE, the dose can subtly and slowly decreased until the patient is finally weaned off the medication totally. In the process, the patient feels “normal” and can get on with the normal functions of his or her life. Every patient is different so the processes may take anywhere from several weeks to several months.
HOW DOES THE SUBOXONE PROGRAM WORK?
Dr. William P. Hayes is Board Certified in both Child & Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and a Licensed Physician who has been credentialed by the federal government to prescribe SUBOXONE. Our program follows very strict federal and state guidelines. Not all patients are candidates for the SUBOXONE Program; therefore, we provide appropriate screening before an individual is determined to be a candidate for the SUBOXONE Program. This includes a one hour intake which is the initial interview where Dr. Hayes will perform a full medical and psychiatric history and a drug screen. Once this is completed, he will determine the appropriate dose of Suboxone. He may also provide other adjunctive therapy for comorbid conditions and medications which are used to treat the side effects of withdrawal. However, very often SUBOXONE will be totally sufficient. Professional Counseling is provided by our addictions counselor Pasquale Sargiotto.
If it is determined you are a candidate for the Suboxone Program, you will be provided a prescription for the limited amount of Suboxone to take to a local pharmacy. The medication will be brought back to the office where Dr. Hayes will observe you for the INDUCTION process. The INDUCTION is the process where you are taking Suboxone for the first time. It is taken under the tongue for a period of 10 to 15 minutes. We generally schedule appointments early in the morning because a patient needs to be in an early state of withdrawal before starting the induction program. Therefore, it is recommended that your appointment 1st induction appointment be 8:45 a.m. and you do not take any drugs from 9 p.m. the evening before. If you are not in an early state of withdrawal, you will have to be rescheduled.
Once the induction process is completed and the appropriate dose is determined, you may leave the office, and a telephone consult will be provided later in the day. Patients are given a 24/7 hotline to contact Dr. Hayes for any questions regarding their Suboxone treatment. Monthly medication visits will then be conducted for medication monitoring.
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Pasquale Sargiotto earned his Master of Education degree with specialization in counseling from Trenton State College and successfully completed a two year post graduate Clinical Training Program in Family Psychotherapy at Trinity Counseling Service, Princeton, NJ.
Mr. Sargiotto is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a hypnotherapist. Mr. Sargiotto has over 35 years of experience providing care to adolescents and adults in Mercer and Somerset Counties. He is Director of our Adolescent Group Psychotherapy Program for high school students. You can contact Mr. Sargiotto by clicking here to contact us or by calling him at 609-419-0400 at extension 225.
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707 Alexander Road, Building 2, Suite 202
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
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