At the right dose, and along with counseling, SUBOXONE® Film can help people stay in treatment by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. Staying in treatment may help reduce illicit opioid use.
The goal of all treatments for opioid dependence is to enable patients to avoid withdrawal symptoms, stop opioid misuse, and regain control over their lives.
Dependence shouldn’t be tackled alone
Most people wouldn’t try to treat diabetes or asthma with willpower alone. As a medical condition, opioid dependence deserves treatment. In fact, the need to satisfy cravings or avoid withdrawal symptoms can be so intense that even when people want to stop taking opioids they find it difficult—even impossible—without help.
The good news is, with the right treatment, opioid dependence can be overcome—and help is available.
What treatment does—and doesn’t—do
As a medical condition, opioid dependence carries a high risk of relapse. To learn to manage this risk, plan to make a commitment to ongoing treatment, including counseling. Since everyone is different, the treatment plan can be tailored to your individual needs. Length of treatment varies and can last anywhere from weeks to years—depending on what you and your healthcare team decide is best for you.
Talking with a doctor about your options can help. Find a doctor certified to treat opioid dependence in the privacy of his or her office. And ask your doctor about the difference treatment including SUBOXONE Film could make for you.
You should know: SUBOXONE Film is indicated for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and support.
An experienced doctor who is certified to treat opioid dependence will understand what you’re going through. You might begin the conversation by telling your doctor how you’ve been feeling lately. Explain that you’re concerned about your use of opioids and think you may have become dependent.
It’s important that you are open and honest so your doctor can give you the best care. Be specific. Tell your doctor:
Get all of your questions answered
Create a list of questions to ask the doctor, and bring them along so you don’t forget anything. You might be wondering:
Questions your doctor may ask you
In order to understand the exact nature of your medical condition and recommend the best treatment, your doctor will have questions. Here are some you might hear:
Feel free to speak frankly and honestly. Remember, what you tell your doctor is private and will not be shared without your explicit permission.
Remember, opioid dependence is a serious, long-term medical condition that needs care as much as any other chronic disease. Fortunately, it can be treated. That’s why talking with your doctor is so important.
In counseling—also known as “talk therapy”—you can learn how to recognize events that can trigger the use of opioids. You can also learn practical ways to cope with events, circumstances, or social situations that you associate with your past drug use.
Getting involved in counseling is easy. Here’s how it works:
The Here to Help® Program is a free online personal support program for people in treatment with SUBOXONE Film. With the Here to Help Program, you, your family member, or friend can:
(Your doctor is your best source of information about your treatment. The Here to Help Program is not a substitute for professional counseling or therapy. Having support is not a guarantee that you will meet your treatment goals.)