Private Buprenorphine Treatment In South Florida Without The Suboxone Stigma.
When looking for online Subutex doctors and online Suboxone doctors, it is important to find a doctor who is caring, compassionate, non-judgmental, and who will listen carefully to you without interruption. You are an individual with unique needs that require a doctor who is able to quietly listen and understand your situation.
Dr. Leeds is well-known for providing premium concierge buprenorphine treatment services to his patients, whether through online buprenorphine telemedicine or live, in-person, at Dr. Leeds’ Fort Lauderdale office.
If you are looking for the best in buprenorphine therapy with medications such as Suboxone, Subutex, ZubSolv, and Bunavail, and you want to find a doctor who goes above and beyond the typical cookie-cutter approach to Suboxone services, then you will appreciate the private, confidential, and personalized care provided by Dr. Leeds.
Should I be worried about my first appointment with a buprenorphine doctor?
No, you should not be worried at all. If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, now is the best time to see a doctor for medically assisted treatment.
If you are concerned about the Suboxone stigma and what people will think of you if you take buprenorphine, remember that it is a proven medical treatment. You have a right to medical treatment for a medical condition, such as opioid use disorder.
If you are taking street opioids, such as heroin or fentanyl, you are at high risk for opioid overdose. Even prescription pain pills are not safe, since there are many fakes that contain only illicit fentanyl analogs.
Buprenorphine is the main ingredient in Suboxone, so Suboxone treatment is buprenorphine treatment. The first step is to visit a Suboxone doctor at a private Suboxone clinic.
When looking for treatment services, you may want to look for a concierge Suboxone doctor who provides buprenorphine telemedicine services as well.
While you can find an assortment of online Suboxone prescribers taking advantage of COVID-19 accommodations, ideally, you will do best with a local doctor with many years of experience in substance abuse treatment with medications such as Subutex, Suboxone, ZubSolv, Bunavail, Sublocade, Brixadi, and others.
Drug addiction, particularly when an opiate is the drug of choice, is a complex condition. Rather than seeing an online Suboxone nurse for a quick visit, the best treatment for the recovering opioid addict is provided by a real doctor who is able to provide personalized medication assisted treatment.
Will I be judged by my buprenorphine doctor?
Unfortunately, there is still a widespread stigma associated with opioid addiction and buprenorphine treatment. The worst treatment is often found in a drug rehab that has no understanding of the value of addiction treatment with buprenorphine therapy.
You would think that going to an intensive outpatient program with a buprenorphine treatment program would be ideal. Yet, you may find that you have to attend every day, just like a methadone clinic, and the staff at the treatment center may have little respect for their patients.
Long-term buprenorphine maintenance works very well for many people with opiate addiction. Opioid Detox programs that quickly taper patients off of buprenorphine in a short time period may be doing more harm than good.
Detoxification facilities have their place, but opioid dependence should be treated by experienced doctors who have a deep understanding of how to provide effective buprenorphine treatment for individuals.
Is there buprenorphine treatment for alcoholism?
Can Suboxone be used to treat alcoholism? No, it is not the right treatment for alcohol use disorder or alcohol addiction.
It is important for doctors and patients to understand that buprenorphine treatment is used only for opioid and opiate addiction or dependence. Addiction to drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and other pain pills can be treated successfully with either buprenorphine or methadone treatment.
Buprenorphine is a mixed partial opioid agonist and opioid antagonist. This means that the buprenorphine molecule binds to opioid receptors and blocks the receptors.
In addition to blocking receptors, the bupe molecule also partially activates opioid receptors, similarly to a traditional opioid. Because of this partial agonist nature of the drug, buprenorphine is classified as an opioid and is not approved for treating other types of addiction besides opioid use disorder.
There is an opioid antagonist drug, naltrexone, that is used for treating alcoholism. Naltrexone tablets are often prescribed to be taken before drinking in a protocol known as The Sinclair Method.
Do doctors prescribe buprenorphine for treatment resistant depression?
Buprenorphine treatment for refractory depression is not an approved use for the drug. While buprenorphine does help somewhat with depression, it is not prescribed as an antidepressant or for other mental health conditions other than opioid dependence.
Buprenorphine blocks the kappa receptor, which is a special kind of opioid receptor. This activity is believed to contribute to the effect of buprenorphine helping with depression and anxiety.
Additionally, many people in recovery from opioid addiction got their start with opiate use because of treatment resistant depression. Some heroin addicts have described heroin as being the first drug they used that effectively treated their depression.
Unfortunately, self-treatment of depression with street drugs often leads to tragic consequences. Often, when a patient on Suboxone treatment gets started with their Suboxone doctor, they realize that Suboxone, due to the mild opioid effects of buprenorphine, provides a similar kind of relief for their chronic depression.
Is it bad that they are able to function better with the help of buprenorphine? At some point, we need to look past the deeply ingrained stigma against buprenorphine therapy and consider how well treatment works, not only in preventing opioid withdrawal, but also in helping a person to function at their best.
People who take buprenorphine successfully do not experience withdrawal symptoms, obsessions, compulsions, or cravings for opioids. They do not act addictively while on a sublingual buprenorphine drug, whether it is Suboxone, Subutex, or ZubSolv.
What about buprenorphine treatment in pregnancy?
Is buprenorphine treatment in pregnancy safe? It is far safer than opioid use during pregnancy.
Many patients have successfully enjoyed the entire pregnancy and delivery experience while taking buprenorphine throughout their entire pregnancy. Buprenorphine has become the standard of treatment for opioid addiction for pregnant women.
Babies born to mothers who take buprenorphine rarely have any issues at all with opioid dependence or opioid withdrawal. While it is very important that doctors and healthcare workers involved in the pregnancy are aware of buprenorphine treatment and the potential for issues, the risk of the baby being born in withdrawal is low.
For a woman who takes Suboxone, she should not continue with Suboxone while pregnant. Her doctor will change the prescription to Subutex because Suboxone contains the opioid blocker, naloxone.
Quitting Suboxone while pregnant is easy when your Suboxone doctor switches the prescription to the equivalent dosage of Subutex. However, quitting treatment altogether during pregnancy is often not a good idea. Speak with your doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan.
What is the success rate of Suboxone treatment?
Buprenorphine treatment is highly effective, compared to traditional rehab programs, such as partial hospitalization. It is also superior to therapy techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is an excellent treatment for people with opioid addiction when there are issues of emotional trauma, but only in conjunction with medication assisted treatment.
The success rate for buprenorphine treatment has been measured by studies to be at least 50%. In some studies, it has scored much higher.
Typically, the most common cause of treatment failure is the pressure from friends and family to quit treatment early. The Suboxone stigma is not appropriate in today’s world, and it can be life threatening.
Family members, friends, and coworkers should not put pressure on people they know to quit their buprenorphine treatment. It is highly effective and safe for long-term use.
What are the side effects of Suboxone?
Some people are concerned about issues such as emotional numbness and other psychological side effects from buprenorphine. The fact is that few patients report such symptoms.
Most Suboxone patients function very well, enjoying life to the fullest. They enjoy eating good food, being with family, caring for their children. They also enjoy fulfilling activities such as meditating, taking nature walks, listening to music, and exercising.
People who take Suboxone often describe it as feeling as if they were never addicted to opioids in the first place. Buprenorphine allows a person to function and enjoy life as their brain has a chance to heal from the effects of addiction.
However, there are some uncommon side effects to look out for. If you have Suboxone side effects, you should let your doctor know immediately.
Suboxone sweating is a possible side effect. You may have night sweats or sweaty palms during the day.
Another side effect that is rare, but possible is difficulty urinating. If you start Suboxone and have trouble peeing, let your doctor know.
Headaches or insomnia from buprenorphine are also possible. Let your doctor know, and they can provide additional treatment or an alternative that may help to resolve the Suboxone side effect.
Your doctor will alert you to other possible side effects of Suboxone. In most cases, side effects can be dealt with successfully, so there is no reason to be concerned that you will have to stop treatment altogether.
What kind of doctor prescribes buprenorphine?
A doctor who prescribes buprenorphine has a special certification that allows them to prescribe the medication for opioid dependence. The doctor is able to apply for this certification after undergoing additional training.
Still, there are many doctors who are registered to prescribe Suboxone, and they are still not fully prepared to deal with the many issues that can come up in the course of getting a patient started. There are many nuances to getting buprenorphine treatment just right for each individual.
Additionally, there are often administrative concerns as well, including prior authorizations for medication. An experienced doctor will also help you find a friendly pharmacy that can fill your prescription and your Suboxone doctor will help with any pharmacy issues that might arise.
If you are interested in more information regarding buprenorphine treatment in Fort Lauderdale FL, either online or in person, please contact our office using the contact form on this website.