Suboxone Treatment and Rehab

Modified: 22nd Jul 2019

Last updated on July 22nd, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Addiction can overtake anybody. Opioid addiction does not make the person bad or unworthy. However, it does mean that the person needs help to better their lives.

If you or a loved one suffer from opioid addiction, Suboxone may be used in your treatment. But, this isn’t without its own dangers. Many people become addicted to Suboxone.

If you’re one of these people, Suboxone treatment can help. All it takes is the decision to receive the necessary help for your sobriety journey to begin.

Suboxone Inpatient

Suboxone treatment helps to treat heroin addiction and other opioid addictions. This medication attaches to the same opioid receptors as these other drugs. But, it helps to reduce both the drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, without actually making the patient feel high.

Though Suboxone is a potent medication, it doesn’t simply substitute one addiction for another. It helps to treat the person the same as medications for any other illness. Suboxone treatment works best when started during inpatient treatment.

What Is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is a residential facility that helps addicts get past the hardest stages of their addiction. It’s not a hospital setting, but the facility provides therapy and medications to help the addict get through detox. For some people addicted to opioids, they receive Suboxone

People may choose inpatient treatment only for detox or they may pick a long-term rehabilitation program to assist them at a deeper level. During their stay, they receive counseling, intense therapy, and rehabilitation to help them ease back into living a sober life.  

This type of treatment can help the person show loved ones that they intend to make a real effort to change. It can also address and treat underlying mental health problems that may exacerbate their addiction.

Standard Length of Suboxone Inpatient Treatment

Drug addiction affects each individual differently. This means that treatment approaches may vary. 

The length of inpatient treatment depends on the amount of time the person used the drug for, how much they took, and how deeply the addiction affects them. It also depends on outlying factors, like mental health and biological and environmental factors.

Treatment programs typically last for 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days. A more intense Suboxone treatment plan may require extended inpatient programs that last for much longer.

Suboxone Outpatient

Not everybody needs to receive inpatient treatment, even if they do need help. For people with more mild addictions or those transitioning from an inpatient program, facilities offer outpatient treatment programs. Especially during outpatient treatment, it’s important for the patient to receive strict guidance for taking Suboxone.

What Is Outpatient Treatment?

These programs still offer addiction support, such as counseling and medications. But they allow the person to live at home while receiving the treatment.

With these programs, the person needs to report for treatment in the same way they would for school or work. This type of program allows them to readjust to a normal life. This means living on their own, working, attending school, and bonding with friends and family.

But, they still get the support of a treatment program. There are different types of outpatient treatment programs. 

Also called day treatment, partial hospitalization provides extensive support on an outpatient basis. It requires them to show up almost every single day, for most of the day.

Patients usually begin this program following detox or as a step down from inpatient treatment. It works well for people who suffer from both addiction and serious mental health afflictions.

This treatment program provides the most supervision for outpatient service. While at the facility, the staff administers their daily medication to reduce the risk of substance abuse. They also monitor any psychiatric symptoms. 

Intensive outpatient treatment is a step down from partial hospitalization. This program still offers intense therapy programs and monitoring, but for a lesser part of each day. It includes educational classes that help them cope with life while battling addiction.

As treatment progresses and the person continues to hit milestones, the program tapers down to less intensive treatment. They continue their Suboxone treatment plan from home, but continue to receive support from the facility.

This type of aftercare typically occurs in more of a classroom setting. They’ll meet with their group, facilitated by a licensed counselor, about once a week and work on essential life skills for staying sober.

Standard Length of Suboxone Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment can last for a year or more, given the nature of opioid addiction.

These programs tend to taper off the care provided little by little to make sure the recovered addict doesn’t relapse from moving on too quickly. It’s important that they listen to their doctor’s and counselor’s recommendations for both therapy and Suboxone weaning, to make sure that they stay on the right path.

Suboxone Sober Living

Sober living requires a constant effort. Addiction occurs at such a deep-rooted level that it can be treated, but not necessarily cured.

Inpatient Suboxone treatment helps the person make it through the toughest parts of recovery: withdrawal and detox. It lays the foundation to get them through the rest of their life sober. 

Still, many people require a little extra help for the long term. 

What Is Suboxone Sober Living?

Suboxone sober living refers to living in a half-way house. It’s also called a “sobriety house” or “sober house.”

This type of living arrangement ensures that the addict stays on their road to recovery. It helps them adapt back to the real world usually after inpatient treatment.

What to Expect

While living in a sober living home, the individual can expect drug monitoring and room checks. They’ll have assigned chores and will need to look for work. If they have a job or they’re enrolled in school, they must have 100% attendance.

They’ll receive psychiatric supervision in order to keep on top of their mental health. Addicts in a sober living home also attend group meetings, so they can continue to learn how to cope. Depending on the person, they may also receive individual counseling.

Ongoing Recovery

To keep addiction under control, many people continue to use available services for years or even the rest of their lives. As an addict, you are always in recovery.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioid relapse rates tend to reach higher than the 40%-60% relapse rates we see with other drug addictions. To beat the statistics, use the skills you learn throughout your treatment, continue to attend treatment groups, find peer-led groups when you’re ready, and continue seeing your therapist.

Seek Suboxone Treatment and Rehabilitation

Do not think that you or your loved one can detox alone and stay sober without any help. Opioid addiction requires intense treatment and possibly even a lifetime of outside efforts to get you through.

Seek Suboxone treatment and rehab to help you start living the life you deserve. Contact us today so we can assist you in beginning the treatment program that best suits your needs.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.