Mind Shine Offers Online Suboxone Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder
Updated: Jan 26
Mind Shine LLC is offering Telemedicine Suboxone Therapy for opioid use disorder as one of our enhanced programs! The patient simply uses their cell phone or computer to virtually connect to their doctor.
We also offer drug testing that is also virtual. This testing has a DNA component to assure validity. We accept patients that are insured and those who wish to pay cash. All patients receiving Suboxone therapy are required to receive counseling.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is actually the combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine (a partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (a pure opioid antagonist).
Suboxone acts as a partial opioid agonist, buprenorphine’s delivers very diminished opioid doses, to a patient who is addicted to a stronger opioid. It provides a way for the patient to be gradually weaned off their pre-existing addiction, while minimizing the opioid withdrawal symptoms that would come from the process. An agonist activates receptors in the brain.
For example, Heroin is a full opioid agonist, so when a patient uses heroin, those receptors are completely triggered, resulting in the wide range of effects and the severe addictiveness of heroin. Buprenorphine, as a partial agonist, has “low intrinsic activity.” Since it triggers the opioid receptors in the brain only partially, the “highs” are quite low in comparison to those created by full agonists. Such effects make buprenorphine a good first step in the treatment of heroin and opioid abuse.
What else is in Suboxone?
The other drug in Suboxone is naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist.
An agonist excites an opioid receptor; an antagonist shuts it down, blocking agonists from reaching the receptor and even reversing the effect of opioid agonists already in the patient’s system by intercepting the signals that the receptors send to the nervous system.
However, naloxone’s action of shutting off opioid receptors and signals in the body can trigger withdrawal symptoms for people who are currently on an opioid, causing effects that range from agitation and irritability, to wild mood swings, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramping, and diarrhea.
Patients who have been chronically addicted to full opioid agonists (like heroin) are at risk for developing seizures which can prove fatal.
Since naloxone carries too many risks for it to be administered by itself, it is combined with buprenorphine to give patients an easier process of weaning away from stronger narcotics. The result of the combination is Suboxone!
Suboxone Clinical Trials
In its first clinical trial of extended usage to treat opioid addiction in young adults, a study of 154 people put together by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Suboxone treatment “substantially improved ”their outcomes. The study’s principal investigator noted a “marked reduction” in the use of not just opioids, but also other drugs, as well as better retention of treatment concepts in the patients who were randomly assigned to the group that received long-term Suboxone (as opposed to the group that received treatment without Suboxone).
That study was conducted in 2008; in 2013, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reported 9.3 million prescriptions for buprenorphine (under the trade name of Suboxone) were filled in the previous year.
Why Use Opioids to Treat Opioid Abuse?
There is an inherent risk in giving a patient who is addicted to a substance a related, similar substance to treat the addiction. Opiate dependence is so strong and powerful that the safest option for these patients is to let them down gently, diluting craving to the point where the individuals have the strength and resources to deal with them.
Psych Central explains that people who experience opioid addiction cannot simply stop taking opioids. Of those who do (the “cold turkey” approach), less than 25 percent maintain their sobriety for a full year following their last drug intake.
As much as patients need therapy, counseling, and support to help them beat their addictions, they also sometimes need medications to make that journey easier (or even possible).
Opioid drugs like Suboxone and methadone can reduce the debilitating effects of withdrawal and blunt the craving for more opioids. In many cases,
it is the lesser of two evils.
At Mind Shine we tapper patients off-of suboxone so that they will return to previous functioning. We also require all patients that are in our Suboxone therapy program to receive counseling services to support them in their recovery.
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WHO WE ARE:
Mind Shine, LLC is a mental health center that specializes in TMS Therapy in Raleigh, NC.
We also offer other mental health treatment options for veterans, soldier & civilians, such as outpatient therapy, substance abuse and opioid addiction counseling, teletherapy, and psychiatric medication management for adolescents, families, adults and children.
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