Updated on April 29, 2024
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I've been prescribed Suboxone to help with my opioid addiction, but I'm worried about getting addicted to that too. How can I use this medication responsibly?

It can be scary to start using a potentially addictive drug right after treatment, but drugs like Suboxone may become part of your recovery. But your concerns are valid, and it’s normal to feel that way, especially when you’re in early recovery.

In this article, we discuss how to help you feel more comfortable using Suboxone. As well as some tips to help you use it responsibly.

Minimizing the risk of addiction

You don’t want to replace one addiction with another, and your doctor knows it. They’ll be responsible for giving you the proper dosage, so you won’t have to worry about getting addicted or dependent on Suboxone.

Here are a few things your doctor will tell you to ensure you’re taking Suboxone safely:

  • Dosage: Your doctor will give you the appropriate dose of Suboxone and adjust it if necessary.
  • Monitoring: Your doctor will also perform regular check-ins to monitor your progress, reaction, and side effects.
  • Therapy: Suboxone is most effective when combined with counseling or therapy. This prevents you from going into relapse by teaching you effective strategies for managing triggers and cravings.
  • Tapering plan: Eventually, your doctor will talk about tapering off Suboxone. This involves slowly decreasing your dosage over time, reducing withdrawal symptoms.

Remember, Suboxone is a tool, not a crutch. It’ll help you get through the most challenging phases of opioid withdrawal and recovery, but you won’t need it forever. The goal is to help you eventually move away from opioid medications entirely.

Additional resources

The fact that you're concerned about using Suboxone responsibly shows how committed you are to your recovery. Keep working with your doctor, stay focused on your goals, and remember you're not alone.

But if you need extra help, here are some resources you can use:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Their National Helpline and Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator can connect you with resources in your area. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their website at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The NIDA offers evidence-based information and resources on opioid addiction and treatment options.
  • Support Groups: Connect with others in recovery through online forums or groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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Updated on April 29, 2024

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