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Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid. If you've been prescribed fentanyl yet have become addicted to it, you may be considering getting suboxone treatment. While suboxone treatment is recommended to help overcome an addiction to opioids, it's meant to be used as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan. Here are several of the main parts of a multi-faceted treatment plan that includes taking suboxone.
Suboxone is a brand name for a drug that is used in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. The medication consists of an opioid agonist and an opioid antagonist. The agonist activates opioid receptor sites while the antagonist displaces opioids at the receptor sites. Basically, suboxone treatment is like a key that can be inserted in place of the opioids but the key can't be turned and, therefore, the person taking suboxone can't feel the same euphoria and pain reduction he or she would feel when taking opioids. Over time, suboxone treatment can reduce your dependence on fentanyl. However, you absolutely must take the suboxone as prescribed while fulfilling the other parts of the suboxone treatment plan.
You'll also need to go to counseling sessions with a therapist. Ideally, your therapist will incorporate behavioral intervention into your counseling and treatment plan. Behavioral counseling will include one-on-one sessions with your therapist as well as group therapy sessions with others who are in a similar situation as you. Your therapist will teach you new coping mechanisms so you can have new skills to help you work through overcoming the addiction mentally and physically.
You will likely experience the side effects of vomiting and diarrhea during your suboxone treatment plan. This is to be expected as they are common side effects. However, you do want to do whatever you can to prevent from becoming dehydrated due to the loss of hydration from vomiting and diarrhea, so it's a good idea to start ensuring that you are drinking plenty of water when you start your suboxone treatment plan. If you do experiencing vomiting and diarrhea, try to slowly increase your water intake to compensate for the loss of water.
Also, inform your suboxone treatment provider that you've been having these side effects and, without going into graphic detail, let them know to what extent you've been experiencing these side effects. They may recommend changing up your suboxone treatment if you're having difficulties with staying hydrated through your treatment. Congratulations on choosing the road to recovery!
If you'd like more information on suboxone treatment in your area, reach out to a nearby clinic.