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Suboxone can be a good exit strategy if the pain medications start to force life out of control. Pain medications are not meant to cause a downward spiral. The goal of using pain medications is to regain enough control over pain to become more active. Unfortunately, pain medication use can sometimes do just the opposite of improving function; sometimes someone can lose control and function by using chemicals. Chemical dependency then becomes a larger problem than chronic pain as chemical dependency slips towards addiction. Chemical addiction can destroy marriages, friendships, and careers. Recently, the manufacturers of Suboxone launched a new program called Here To Help: Supporting You Through Treatment . Their motto for the program is: "Self Encouragement Starts Here".
Taking the leap to Suboxone treatment can be frightening. Staying with the Suboxone treatment program can get discouraging. The Here to Help Program connects people with physicians and "Care Coaches" while provi...
My friend T. lives with high levels of chronic pain. The pain makes it difficult to get through each day and it's not just having an impact on his physical function, but on his relationships with his family and friends, as well. Despite this, he's not taking any pain medication. T. was an alcoholic and has been sober for nine years. He's afraid that if he starts treating his pain, he might relapse and start drinking again.
Those of us who live with high levels of chronic pain are often faced with concerns about addiction to painkillers. Sometimes it's our family and friends who get worried and sometimes it's our doctors. The goal of managing chronic pain is to "obtain reasonable pain relief while maintaining a maximum level of function" (Prater, Zylstra and Miller, 2002). At HealthCentral, we do our best to help you get that kind of pain control by giving you the tools you need to counter concerns about addiction. The fact is that the risks are generally quite low . But what if ...
Generic Name: BUPRENORPHINE/NALOXONE - SUBLINGUAL Pronounced: (BUE-pre-NOR-feen/nal-OX-one) Suboxone SL Uses
This medication contains 2 medicines: buprenorphine and
naloxone. It is used to treat narcotic (opioid) dependence/addiction.
Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called mixed narcotic
agonist-antagonists. Buprenorphine helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by
stopping other opiate-type narcotics.
Naloxone is a narcotic antagonist that blocks the effect
of narcotics and can cause severe narcotic withdrawal when injected. Withdrawal
is less likely when naloxone is taken by mouth or dissolved under the tongue.
It is combined with buprenorphine to prevent abuse and misuse (injection) of
this medication. This combination medication is used as part of a complete
treatment program for drug abuse (such as compliance monitoring, counseling,
behavioral contract, lifestyle changes).
This medication should not be used for pain r...
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