Suboxone For Detox
Suboxone for Detox is a medically assisted treatment for heroin addiction that is being popularized by the government. The basic protocol is suboxone for detox or naltrexone long term. The naltrexone is a 3 month pill or injection which is fine in a halfway house or sober living residence. Suboxone form of buprenorphine is good for detox but not recommended for clients in sober living homes. The problem is the other clients living in the house may not need to be on that medication and you cant mix the residents taking suboxone for detox with the ones not on it.
There are differing opinions help by professionals in the heroin addiction field, on the subject of medically assisted treatment, but president Obama is pushing for it and wants to spend a billion dollars for long term suboxone for detox rehab. The patient on medically assisted treatment can function well in a sober living environment. They don’t experience craving for heroin and can be productive and employable. Some groups believe you are not in recovery while on suboxone, unless it is used strictly for detoxification in rehab. One problem is the doctors who treat with medication make more money by keeping you on suboxone for long periods you go back monthly and pay each time.There are many opiate addicts who could do fine without the medication just by taking a naltrexone injection once every 3 months.
Sober living homes would have less relapses if residents were on naltrexone which prevents relapse with a good success rate. The problem is the cost and insurance does not cover that medication. There are not enough doctors who know how to practice the medically assisted heroin abuse treatment.
Specific halfway house availability for suboxone patients would help the epidemic of opiate deaths. You have separate male and female sober living homes why not do the same for buprenorphine patients.
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