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Detoxification from Suboxone Maintenance
Many people try to get off long-term maintenance on their own, and end up relapsing because they do not have proper clinical support. What they need is a clinically sound detox program to help them taper off maintenance drugs such as Suboxone. Promises is the first treatment center to specifically fill this gap in addiction treatment.
At Promises we have always believed that drugs such as buprenorphine, Suboxone, and Subutex are best used for detox and stabilization, and that our clients are best served by helping them become completely free of them. We created the Detoxification from Suboxone Maintenance program to help those people whose previous treatment has not given them this opportunity.
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Clients may admit for as short a period as 10 days or as long as 21 days. If they choose to remain longer they can transition into the 31-day Malibu treatment program.
The detoxification program will focus heavily on integrative services, provided in both individual and group formats. These will include Chinese medicine and acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, hypnotherapy, restorative yoga, nutritional wellness groups, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, EEG biofeedback, and other support as needed.
Promises Treatment Centers has long taken the lead in developing effective treatment for drug addiction, being the originator of the Malibu Model which focuses on assessing each individual’s underlying issues then treating those issues that could put them at risk for relapse.
By focusing on integrative services, Promises believes they can help clients deal with the anxiety of withdrawal, as well as learn how to better cope with stress. Acupunture, one of the alternative treatments used by Promises, is known to have a sustained effect in relieving anxiety. EEG biofeedback, also known as neurofeedback, helps clients train their brain to reduce reactions to external stressors. Studies show that neurofeedback has cumulative effects and can significantly shorten the length of reaction time to stress.
Why a Suboxone Maintenance Detox Program?
Studies have shown that 60-70 percent of people put on maintenance drugs quit on their own within a year because the drug still gives them a feeling of intoxication and it can blunt emotions. The problem is that many of these people who try to manage their own withdrawal relapse to the original opiate. This is because they are not receiving clinical support during withdrawal, and because they aren’t given tools to address anxiety and other issues that may trigger cravings for the original opiate.
Clients will have a distinct clinical program to address their specific needs and requirements during the withdrawal process. They will primarily live in Promises’ new Barlowe House, which is adjacent to the main Malibu campus. They will be seen by a consulting Internal Medicine physician who will regularly assess their progress.
What’s the Process?
After an initial assessment, the dose will gradually be lowered. The tapering schedule will vary depending on dosage upon admission. The client will be assessed every couple of hours for physical or psychological effects of tapering to ensure withdrawal is as comfortable as possible. Some non-addictive medications may be used to manage withdrawal symptoms.
What If I Have Chronic Pain?
At Promises, we have significant experience working with people who have pain but want to come off opiates.
Research shows that long-term opiate use may in fact increase pain. Many clients find their pain actually goes down after detox.
We understand that some people have severe pain issues and we do not minimize that reality. Instead, we focus on developing a plan that may include non-addictive medications proven to be very effective in the management of pain.
What Are the Risks of Relapse after Stopping Suboxone?
The goal of this program is to give you the support, information, and tools needed to sustain your recovery. However, we understand that relapse may be a risk for some people. For those who have anxiety about relapse, or who chronically relapse, we can develop a treatment plan using a non-agonist medication that will be maintained for 3-6 months. Vivitrol is an example of a non-agonist treatment. By non-agonist we mean the drug does not bind to the same receptors in the brain as opiates. Suboxone is an opiate agonist. Vivitrol is not an opiate agonist.
This is important because it means it will be much easier to stop using Vivitrol at the end of the treatment period. Vivitrol also protects against relapse by making it impossible to get high from opiates. If you were to have a moment of weakness and relapse, it interrupts the physiological response to the opiate.
What Specific Therapies Help with Withdrawal Symptoms?
We offer a well-rounded approach to detoxification with the primary goal of easing anxiety, cravings, and fear during the withdrawal period. We have found a program that includes the following to be highly effective in achieving this goal:
- Chinese Medicine
- Mindfulness Meditation & Spiritual Counseling
- Restorative Yoga
- Nutritional Wellness groups and detoxification juicing
- Massage Therapy
- Dry Sauna and Wet Steam accommodations
- EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback)
If you have any more questions about the Detox from Suboxone Maintenance program, please contact our admissions department.