Opioid Dependence Treatment

Dr. Ahmann is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is licensed in the treatment of opioid/opiate dependence using Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) and Subutex (buprenorphine).

Suboxone is a prescription medication specifically designed to ease detoxification from habit forming pain medications such as oxycodone, Oxycontin and Vicodin (hydrocodone), and addictive opiates like heroin. It offers those dependent on narcotic pain medicine and opiates a way to control the dependent behaviors and withdrawal symptoms associated with these drugs.

Dr. Ahmann provides treatment of opioid dependence in a professional, friendly, and non-judgmental office setting.

Outpatient treatment of opioids dependence using Suboxone provides a safe and effective way to detoxify from these medications without “cold-turkey” withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is part of a complete treatment plan that can include Behavioral Therapy, Support Groups, and Individual Counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Suboxone is a medication that is absorbed under the tongue (sublingual).
  2. Suboxone does an excellent job of covering all of the opioid receptors in the brain so that withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be avoided.
  3. Most patients experience a feeling of “liberation” from their habits when they begin treatment with Suboxone. It allows the patient to feel “normal.”
  4. Suboxone has a “ceiling effect” that makes it very safe from overdose and makes it difficult to actually feel “high” or any additional benefit or euphoria.
  5. Since high doses do not offer a high, it is less likely to cause a physical dependence or further psychological dependence.
  6. Since Suboxone covers the opioid receptors so well, additional pain medications are blocked and make it “unproductive” to continue previous habits. This is an additional safety feature of Suboxone.
  7. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The naloxone is poorly absorbed when used as directed under the tongue—it is put in Suboxone to discourage intravenous use.
  8. Buprenorphine is now FDA approved for use in pain management, so most pain issues can be alleviated simultaneously.
  9. You can use it to come off of all your opioids of any type. If you think you might relapse, you can use as a legal maintenance medication that allows you to go to work, school or take care of your family. You can have a life.
  10. It will relieve you and society from illegally obtaining opioids if this has been taking place.
  11. You will need to be in mild to moderate withdrawal when starting Suboxone. This is to prevent the medication from causing acute withdrawal. The medication will take you out of withdrawal rather quickly so that you don’t have to experience most withdrawal symptoms.

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