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Suboxone Treatment Specialist

Elevate Health Group -  - Primary Care Physician

Elevate Health Group

Primary Care Physicians & Internists located in Glendale, CA

Opioid medications can be a beneficial tool in controlling pain, but without proper medication management, they can lead to dependency. Narbeh Tovmassian, MD, FACP, and Garen Derhartunian, MD, FACP, specialize in opioid addiction treatment at Elevate Health Group and use Suboxone® to help men and women in Glendale, California, reduce their dependence on opioids. To learn more about Suboxone treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Suboxone Treatment Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids, also known as opiates, are a specific class of drugs used to control pain. The most common prescription opioids are hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine, while heroin is an illegal form of opioid.

Prescription opioid medications can be a powerful pain-relieving tool because of how they interact with your nervous system. Unfortunately, they also come with risks because of their addictive qualities.

What are the risks of opioids?

Both prescription and illegal opioids cause emotional and physical responses in your body that can lead to dependence and tolerance. Dependence and tolerance are different from addiction.

When you take opioids, your system can grow tolerant of their effects over time, requiring higher doses of medication to provide the same level of pain relief. At the same time, they also cause changes in your brain. 

At first, you may have feelings of euphoria after taking an opioid. But, over time, your brain starts responding less, and it starts producing fewer endorphins, so it loses its ability to feel happy naturally. 

As your body and brain become more tolerant to opioids, it can lead to taking more and more medication. This dependence puts you at risk for addiction, overdose, and death.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a specific type of opioid medication that offers a safer option than traditional opiates. This drug has a different chemical structure, so it creates fewer feelings of euphoria and physical dependence. 

When you stop taking opioids, it’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Agitation

  • Muscle aches

  • Insomnia

  • Profuse sweating

  • Frequent yawning

  • Runny nose

  • Anxiety

  • Goosebumps 

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea

By using Suboxone to ease these withdrawal symptoms, you can return to a life that isn’t dependent on opioids.

How is Suboxone used for addiction treatment?

Elevate Health Group uses Suboxone as a medication management tool. As specialists in opioid addiction treatment, the team uses Suboxone to help with dependency because it can block the effects of other opioids. This approach not only decreases your withdrawal symptoms but also helps with opioid cravings.

In addition to Suboxone treatment, the team incorporates other pain management treatments into your care. They also offer additional addiction management therapies, like medication, talk therapy or counseling, and support during the detoxification process. 

What are opioids?

Opioids, also known as opiates, are a specific class of drugs used to control pain. The most common prescription opioids are hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine, while heroin is an illegal form of opioid.

Prescription opioid medications can be a powerful pain-relieving tool because of how they interact with your nervous system. Unfortunately, they also come with risks because of their addictive qualities.

What are the risks of opioids?

Both prescription and illegal opioids cause emotional and physical responses in your body that can lead to dependence and tolerance. Dependence and tolerance are different from addiction.

When you take opioids, your system can grow tolerant of their effects over time, requiring higher doses of medication to provide the same level of pain relief. At the same time, they also cause changes in your brain. 

At first, you may have feelings of euphoria after taking an opioid. But, over time, your brain starts responding less, and it starts producing fewer endorphins, so it loses its ability to feel happy naturally. 

As your body and brain become more tolerant to opioids, it can lead to taking more and more medication. This dependence puts you at risk for addiction, overdose, and death.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a specific type of opioid medication that offers a safer option than traditional opiates. This drug has a different chemical structure, so it creates fewer feelings of euphoria and physical dependence. 

When you stop taking opioids, it’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Profuse sweating
  • Frequent yawning
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Goosebumps 
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea

By using Suboxone to ease these withdrawal symptoms, you can return to a life that isn’t dependent on opioids.

How is Suboxone used for addiction treatment?

Elevate Health Group uses Suboxone as a medication management tool. As specialists in opioid addiction treatment, the team uses Suboxone to help with dependency because it can block the effects of other opioids. This approach not only decreases your withdrawal symptoms but also helps with opioid cravings.

In addition to Suboxone treatment, the team incorporates other pain management treatments into your care. They also offer additional addiction management therapies, like medication, talk therapy or counseling, and support during the detoxification process. 

To learn more about Suboxone treatment, call Elevate Health Group or schedule an appointment online today.