Suboxone Treatment (Buprenorphine)
Suboxone is the first drug available with a prescription from a doctor's office for use in the treatment of narcotic addiction under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000. It can be dispensed for take-home use, just as any other medicine for other medical conditions. It is a medication with unique properties which can help treat people with narcotic (opiate) addiction more safely and effectively. Dr.Tehmina Naveed has received specialized training to prescribe Suboxone and has the required certification and facilities to evaluate and treat people with this medication. If you are struggling with addiction to narcotics such as Oxycontin, Heroin, Vicodin, Percocet or any other opiate we offer a private and comfortable setting to begin your journey towards a healthy and drug free future. For more information please call our office at 516-870-5657.
You must be in mild to moderate withdrawal from the narcotic you are using to begin the induction process. Dr. Naveed will conduct an examination including a Physical & psychiatric evaluation, assesment of degree of withdrawal, medical history and check of vital signs. You will then go to a local pharmacy with a prescription for Suboxone and obtain the medication. After returning to the office Dr. Naveed will determine the correct dose of Suboxone and he will administer the medication. Over the next 1-2 hours Dr. Naveed will personally monitor your progress and make sure the medication is working safely and is at the correct dose. Once stabilized (usally after 1-2 hours) you will leave the office with enough Suboxone to last until your next appointment, usually in 2-7 days.
The next phase after induction with Suboxone is stabilization. The dose is adjusted to make sure you are comfortable and to minimize cravings. This phase of treatment typically occurs for a week or two after induction. Next is the maintenance phase which can last for months or years depending on many factors. After maintenance, some people are able to gradually reduce and then stop Suboxone through the process of medically supervised withdrawal.
Drug addiction has a high rate of recurrence and Dr. Naveed is committed to doing everything possible to prevent relapse. Behavioral and psychologial counseling is an essential part of the overall treatment process with Suboxone. Dr. Naveed will discuss with you the therapy options which are available and recommend the ones that best suit your needs. Many people with addictions have other psychiatric conditions as well such as anxiety, depression or attention deficit disorder.