Narcotic Addiction

Narcotic Addiction Specialist
Narcotic addiction has grown increasingly common all over the United States, and Stoneham, Massachusetts is no exception. If you’re suffering from narcotic addiction and you want to stop taking the drugs you've grown dependent upon, there are people who can help. As an interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Anil Kumar, at Advanced Pain Management Center, can give you the treatments, support and expert guidance you need to put narcotic addiction behind you.

Narcotic Addiction Q & A

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What is Suboxone Treatment?

Suboxone is a type of treatment for narcotic addiction. This kind of treatment is sometimes also known as opiate detox.

People who are dependent upon narcotics like OxyContin may find it hard to break free of these highly addictive drugs. Suboxone treatment is designed to help them become free from their addiction.

Suboxone treatment is provided at the Advanced Pain Management Center as an outpatient treatment and is closely supervised by interventional pain management specialist Dr. Anil Kumar.

What are the Ingredients in Suboxone?

The ingredients in Suboxone include a blend of naloxone and buprenorphine, which is itself an opioid. The buprenorphine helps prevent the body from going into severe and painful withdrawals while the naloxone prevents the opioid from providing the euphoric sensations and feeling of being "high."

How Does Suboxone Treatment Work?

At Advanced Pain Management Center, the Suboxone treatment for narcotic addiction can be customized based on the patient.

Treatment can typically begin once the patient starts to experience withdrawal symptoms like:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea

The initial dosage of Suboxone is administered in the Advanced Pain Management Center office. Dr. Kumar will be on hand to monitor the patient during the early withdrawal process.

As soon as stabilization has occurred, the patient can go home.

During Suboxone treatment, patients usually visit the Advanced Pain Management Center office around once a week so that recovery can be monitored. Dr. Kumar will make sure that the patient is on the most effective Suboxone dosage.

When the patient is progressing well, they'll generally shift into less frequent visits. At this point, usually called the general maintenance phase of the treatment program, most patients begin to feel better both physically and emotionally. The dosage is then slowly but steadily tapered down until the patient is finally completely free of narcotic drugs.

How Long Does the Treatment Program Take?

Suboxone treatment can be different for each patient. Dr. Kumar believes in slow but steady progress, as this has shown the best long term results for narcotic addiction. On average, treatment usually lasts for anywhere from 18-24 months, but the program can be shorter or longer based upon the specific needs of the patient.

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