Vivitrol for Opiate Addiction and Craving? An Alternative to Suboxone/ Subutex? Houston Doctor Discusses

Clinical perspective:

Many family members approach me because they are very disappointed with non compliance of their loved ones with Suboxone. What can we do??  we can not shove Suboxone down their throat.  The next step to try is Vivitrol monthly injection.
You have to be detoxed of opiates before receiving a Vivitrol injection.

  • VIVITROL  does not lead to physical dependence
  • VIVITROL  is not an opioid substitute
  • VIVITROL does not provide pain relief
  • VIVITROL does not give you “high”
  • VIVITROL  has little effects on reducing craving
  • VIVITROL is a good alternative to Suboxone for opiate dependence treatment

Call my office to help get insurance coverage and zero copay for VIVITROL at 832-713-NEW1

If you have used opioid-containing medicines or opioid street drugs in the past, you may be more sensitive to lower doses of opioids after VIVITROL treatment stops, when your next VIVITROL dose is due or if you miss a dose of VIVITROL. Using opioids in amounts you used before treatment with VIVITROL can lead to overdose and death.

You may not feel the usual effects if you use or abuse heroin and other illegal (street) drugs while on VIVITROL. Do not take large amounts of opioids, including opioid-containing medicines, such as prescription pain pills, or heroin, to overcome effects of VIVITROL. This can lead to overdose including serious injury, coma, or death. You may not feel the usual effects of opioid-containing medicines including medicines for pain, cough and diarrhea while on VIVITROL. It is important that you tell your family and the people closest to you of this increased sensitivity to opioids and the risk of overdose.

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Suboxone Doctor in Houston Clinic Treating Opiate Addiction,Craving and Withdrawal

Suboxone is indicated for both Detox and maintenance for opiate addiction ( dependence)
Clinical perspective:
Suboxone has saved lots of lives and families.  It is ( weak opiate). It blocks the opiate receptors, thus help prevent craving and withdrawal, but it does not give you a high.
Here is the trick, people who stopped Suboxone early in the treatment would most probably relapse on their opiate addiction. It takes a  long time for the brain to recover and normalize.
Stopping Suboxone should be very gradual and done under medical supervision because it has withdrawal symptoms.
It’s easy to learn more at our website at  Suboxone Doctor in Houston Rehab Website
Call today for an appointment (832) 713- NEW1.


Suboxone (Buprenorphine plus Naloxone) vs Subutex (Buprenorphine only)

Many of my patients complain about generic Subutex not giving them the effects as Suboxone. It has to be noted that once the medication becomes generic, many companies can produce it. This means that you might get a different pill each time you get SUBUTEX filled. Many of the these generic medications don’t have as much active ingredient as the brand name.
Although cheaper, you don’t know what you are getting… anyhow what you pay for the brand name is cheaper than what you pay for the addiction.

Also note, Subutex is indicated only for opiate detox, while Suboxone is indicated for both opiate detox and maintenance.  Long=term use of Suboxone has proved to help prevent relapse into pain killer drug addiction.

Wafaa Farag, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Suboxone Treatment for Opiate Addiction. Does it cause addiction

A clinical experience perspective:

A lot of my patients ask me if they will become “addicted” to Suboxone( Buprenorphine).

I have treated many patients for pain killer, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Morphine etc, and in my  clinical experience I have not yet seen a patient who got “addicted to Suboxone in my practice.  By addiction I mean increasing your dose continuously from what your doctor prescribed; like what happens with pain killers. This does not happen with Suboxone. In fact most patient manage to gradually taper their dose down.

Patients also ask can they get off Suboxone within a short period of time. The answer is: It depends on the length and extent of the abuse. It takes the brain a very long time to normalize after being sober. The brain chemistry changes after abusing opiate for a long time. Opiate addicts can take 50 to 60 pills per day, yet they keep their wakefullness. If a non addict take this high dose they might sink into a coma.

How can an addict stay awake while taking high levels of opiate pills?  The brain creates more and more and more opiate receptors. These receptors will be sitting in your brain like hungry babies. You either satisfy them by an increasing dose of opiate or give them Suboxone. This means if these patients would stop Suboxone early in treatment, they will have an overwhelming craving and would definitely realpse.

You can very very very slowly wean off Suboxone under medical supervision. It might take years to do it if have been addicted for a long time or using a lot of opiate or if have been IV drug user. Some of my patients chose not to get off Suboxone because it continues to help them have their life back. Some other patient liked the “antidepressant and anti anxiety effects” of Suboxone and chose to remain on it.



Houston Suboxone Doctors 2 Tips for Opiate Drug Addiction Treatment

Willpower alone won’t heal a broken arm or stop asthma. Also, opiate drug addiction  can’t be defeated by willpower alone. Especially when those cravings and withdrawal symptoms can overtake your every thought. It makes it difficult, and even impossible, to quit without help.

Fortunately, there is a very successful treatment available for those with opiate addiction. It is Suboxone (buprenorphine and naltrexone).

Whether you have an addiction to prescription painkillers, like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, or an addiction to heroin, your brain’s chemistry has likely become altered to rely on the drugs. And when your brain tells you that you must have the drugs, it can become too much to resist.

2 problems must be addressed when treating opioid dependence: dependence and tolerance. Dependence makes you feel like you can’t live without the drugs. Tolerance is when you need more and more of the drug to have the same desired effects. This leads to the need to take larger and larger doses of the drug. Both conditions, the dependence and the tolerance, need treatment with a partial agonist (Suboxone) that will attach to the opiate receptors and help control withdrawals and cravings.

Suboxone is effective in stopping the acute withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction and the long term maintenance needs to help prevent relapse of opiate addiction.   

Detox with Suboxone doesn’t require hospitalization.   To learn more, visit Houston Suboxone Doctors Rehab Clinic.

Houston Suboxone Doctors Treatment for Painkiller Drug Addiction

Pain management is more and more frequently done through prescription medication.  It’s a fast solution offering immediate help to those suffering pain. Unfortunately, under certain use, pain killer medications of the opiate class can be highly addictive.

The addiction occurs as the body requires more and more medication to achieve the same relief from pain. Therefore, the patient may develop a physical dependence leading to pain killer or opiate addiction.  What happens is your body creates more opiate  receptors  when you become dependent on them which leads to tolerance and withdrawal.

As one tries to quit the medications, withdrawal symptoms may occur, sometimes even after a relatively short time of use. Withdrawal symptoms happen when the body is detoxing from the drugs.  Because the process can be embarrassing, private or painful, many people avoid seek help. The symptoms that accompany prescription painkiller withdrawal are extremely challenging.

 Opiate withdrawal symptoms can include

  • Strong cravings
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Goose bumps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shakes
  • Irritation
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils

Suboxone is a revolutionary medication that will help prevent withdrawal and craving. it is a partial agonist. this means that it will occupy the opiate receptors and prevent withdrawal and craving, but you would not feel “high”. You can detox at home or in a hospital or partial day program. You will be amazed with this highly effective addiction treatment drug.

Your sober future starts today.
Call the Rehab Hotline:  (832) 713-NEW1.

Houston Doctors Opiate Addiction Discount Coupons for Suboxone Medication

Drug abuse can bring problems to your health and to your family. The process of becoming sober starts with detox and the hurdles of withdrawals and cravings, then ongoing maintenance and relapse prevention.

The weapons you have to combat your addictions include: medical treatment, counseling, and support groups.  Your doctor understands all 3 elements of your recovery.  In the medical treatment phase, attention is given to detox from the drugs that were abused, and how to control the cravings and withdrawals.   

In the counseling phase, the root causes of drug addiction are addressed.  Impulsive behavior, ADHD, extreme peer pressure and other concepts will be explored.  Examination of the underlying causes of your addiction is a role for a psychiatrist, and is why a drug rehab psychiatrist is so important in your recovery.

For a limited time, the Mind and Body Drug Rehab Clinic has discount coupons for the most effective drug abuse treatment medication on the market.  Give us a call today to discuss your needs, and to make an appointment to get you the help you need.

Your sober future starts today.
Rehab Hotline:  (832) 713-NEW1 which is (832) 713-6391.

Wafaa Farag, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Houston Drug Rehab Clinic – Drug Addiction and Abuse Test

Consider these questions.  Answer for the period of the last 12 months:

1. Have you used drugs other than those needed for medical reasons?

2. Do you purposely misuse more than one drug at a time?

3. Are you always able to stop using drugs?

4. Have you ever had blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug use?

5. Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?

6. Does your spouse (or your parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?

7. Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?

8. Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?

9. Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?

10.Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (such as memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding)?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, you might benefit from consulting a Drug Rehab Physician.

Your sober future starts today.
Rehab Hotline:  (832) 713-NEW1 which is (832) 713-6391.

Wafaa Farag, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Want to Stop Opiate Cravings? Houston Opiate Addiction Treatment Clinic Discusses How

Cravings are the number one reason a drug addiction can’t be kicked.  Relapse prevention treatment should include a medication that helps prevent cravings.

Opiate medications which are used as pain killers include:  Lorcet, Hydrocodone, Norco, Percoset, Oxycontin, Morphine, Heroin, and others.

Our Houston Opiate Addiction Treatment Clinic, The Mind and Body Rehab Clinic, is experienced in prescribing Buprenorphine to help prevent cravings and therefore, helps in preventing relapse into drug addiction.

Brand names of Buprenorphine include:

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine with naloxone)
  • Subutex

Treatment medications reduce cravings by blocking the receptors in the brain that trigger the cravings.

The Mind and Body Drug Rehab Clinic is Experienced in Reducing Cravings.  (832) 713-NEW1 which is: (832) 713-6391.

Houston Suboxone Doctor Gives 3 Reasons to Choose a Psychiatrist for Drug Addiction Treatment

Why choose a psychiatrist as the medical professional to treat your drug addiction?
Here are reasons why.
  1. A person becomes addicted to drugs for multiple reasons, and those reasons need to be uncovered and examined.  A psychiatrist will do this analysis.
  2. A psychiatrist knows what medicines to use, and if necessary, what medicines to mix in your recovery program.  For instance, ADHD is frequently associated with addictions, such as opiate addiction, and if that is treated along with another medicine to prevent withdrawals and cravings, then these medicines and their interactions need to be well understood.
  3. A psychiatrist specializes in behavior and psychosocial factors.  When on the road to recovering from addiction, your environment, family situation, your upbringing and other factors play an important role in your chances for recovering from an addiction.  As stated, a psychiatrist is aware of these dynamics and how to understand and address them in your treatment plan.
Contact The Mind and Body Rehab Clinic for a fast appointment and get your customized treatment program underway.  Your future starts today.
Rehab Hotline:  (832) 713-NEW1 which is (832) 713-6391.

Wafaa Farag, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist

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