Suboxone

Charter Health PC

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Salem, MA

Opioid addiction is one of the most difficult challenges that many men and women face today — but with the help of Charter Health PC in Lynn, Massachusetts, you can overcome the misery of dependency. The Charter Health PC team offers Suboxone® treatment to help you come off opioids safely and comfortably. We also provide Vivitrol® injections for either alcohol or opioid addiction. If you need to detox safely and smoothly, book your appointment online or by phone now.

Suboxone Q & A

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a sublingual (under-the-tongue) film that's used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone contains a blend of naloxone and buprenorphine.

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that binds the opioid receptors in the brain and is most often used to prevent uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms while transitioning off your current opioids. The naloxone component blocks the opioid euphoria and "high" feelings.

Suboxone is an effective way to help you transition off opioids without the usual pitfalls of painful withdrawals.

How does Suboxone treatment work?

At Charter Health PC, your Suboxone treatment is carefully monitored by a health care professional. Your Charter Health PC care provider usually administers your first dose on-site, and after you're feeling comfortable, you can return home.

You'll visit Charter Health PC on a regular schedule to check in with your care providers and get your Suboxone. Early in the treatment, your care provider may adjust your dosage to ensure that you're comfortable. Recovery Coaches and Licensed Social Workers are also available to meet with you out in the community, such as over lunch or a coffee break. Recovery Coaches are recovered addicts who have been through recovery and help our patients stay on the right track.

As you progress in treatment you will require less frequent visits. Once you're feeling healthy and are stable physically and emotionally, your care provider will begin slowly tapering your Suboxone dosage down until you're completely opioid-free.

This process can be unique to each patient, so the amount of time that you take Suboxone depends on your specific needs. Your Charter Health PC care provider will work with you to customize a treatment plan right for you.

What is Vivitrol®?

Vivitrol is the long-acting form of naltrexone, a medication used for alcohol and opioid dependence. Vivitrol is injected every 28 days. Vivitrol blocks the brain’s urge to seek and use drugs or alcohol. For patients with opioid use disorder, Vivitrol may be a better option than Suboxone, but the choice between the two is a highly individual one that your Charter Health PC care provider can help with.

Your Charter Health PC care provider monitors your progress at each visit. We are also available in between injection visits to help in any way. Recovery Coaches and Licensed Social Workers are available to meet with you out in the community, such as over lunch or a coffee break. Recovery Coaches are recovered addicts who have been through recovery and help our patients stay on the right track.

If drug or alcohol dependency is making your life unhappy, reach out for help at Charter Health PC. We are committed to helping you through good times and bad as we strive for long term health. Call the office or book online today.