Suboxone & Buprenorphine Detox & Treatment in New York

Created On Monday, 21, March 2016
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


Buprenorphine or Suboxone is a commonly prescribed treatment for opioid addiction but unfortunately does cause physical and psychological dependencies. For many opioid addicts living in New York, being prescribed buprenorphine is a common solution. However, the effects of buprenorphine or Suboxone are similar to heroin, but not as potent. Detox from buprenorphine or Suboxone is not easy, because the withdrawal effects are also similar to heroin. Opioid addiction is difficult to go through, but with the right help, an addict can completely overcome his or her addiction. Medical detox can help buprenorphine addicts fully go through the withdrawals safely. After medical detox, the best solution is to attend a drug treatment center, such as a residential treatment program. Despite buprenorphine being prescribed to treat opioid addiction, it does become addictive. It is also commonly abused by many opioid addicts when they are not able to get the opioid, they are abusing.

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Withdrawal Management and Buprenorphine/Suboxone in New York

According to the New York City Department of Health, in 2017, more than 43,000 New Yorkers received buprenorphine or methadone treatment for opioid addiction. Buprenorphine, which is sold under the name Subutex, is an opioid used to treat opioid addiction, acute pain, and chronic pain. Buprenorphine is known as a partial opioid agonist and interacts with the same opioid receptors in the brain as opioid pain medication. Suboxone is different as it contains buprenorphine and naloxone. Both drugs are commonly prescribed during medication-assisted treatment in combination with counseling and therapy. However, buprenorphine does cause dependency and withdrawal symptoms, which requires detox, such as medical detox. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include nausea, vomiting, body aches, insomnia, anxiety, chills, sweating, and headaches.

Medication should not always be considered as a long-term solution to treat drug and or alcohol addiction. Buprenorphine or suboxone are often used during the withdrawal management phase of addiction. However, once the patient has stabilized during treatment, they should strive to become ultimately drug-free. According to the New York City Department of Health, there were 1,444 drug overdoses in NYC during 2018. This was 38 fewer deaths than in 2017 and the rate decreased by 3%. During the first quarter of 2019, there were 331 overdose deaths, and it wasn't until 2019 where the state began to see a decline but the problem was not over. Despite buprenorphine treatment being common, it is essential to know this medication creates drug dependency. It does become difficult to stop taking buprenorphine without proper help.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



List of Detox Centers for Suboxone & Buprenorphine Addiction in New York