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Subutex Treatment

There is a relatively new way to go through opiate withdrawal pain free called Subutex treatment. Although this treatment is not as popular in the United States as it is in other parts of the world, it has been proven to be an effective method to control opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Found in the category of prescription drugs named Buprenorphine, Subutex has been proven to be as effective as methadone treatment in “opiate maintenance” and may be more effective than methadone in complete opiate withdrawal. However, Subutex treatment is only meant for the beginning of opiate withdrawal, because it contains only Buprenorphine, which is an opioid and can be abused, and is only meant to ease the pains of opiate withdrawal.

With that said, it is important to remember that if you want lasting sobriety, you will need more than Subutex treatment. Opiate addictions affect both the mind and body. However, your Subutex treatment will only deal with the physical addiction. This is why you need to enroll in a treatment center such as The Watershed, so that we may address every aspect of your addiction. If you want lasting sobriety with most, if not all of your withdrawal symptoms alleviated, please contact The Watershed anytime at 1-800-861-1768.

Understanding Subutex Treatment

Before enrolling in any treatment plan, especially one that will include prescribed drugs such as Subutex treatment, it is only wise to understand what the purpose of the treatment is. In the case of a Subutex treatment, it is meant to ease the opiate withdrawal pains through allowing just enough opioid into your opioid receptors so that they are blocking the harmful opiates while tricking your sensors into thinking they have had their fix. Moreover, during your Subutex treatment, if you happen to relapse, none of the opiates you took will affect you because the Subutex is blocking them.
Just as it is wise to understand a little about Subutex, it is also wise to consider what other types of programs and/or treatments you will need. At The Watershed, you will go through an intense assessment and then discuss an individualized treatment plan. This means we will keep you informed about the details of your treatment(s) from the moment you pick up the phone and call The Watershed at 1-800-861-1768.

Subutex Can Lead To Addiction

Unlike its counter part, suboxone, Subutex can be abused and lead to addiction. This is because, as explained above, Subutex contains only Buprenorphine as its active ingredient, which is an opioid, and nothing to deactivate the opiates effect. If prescribed outside of a treatment center, you can abuse the Subutex just like any other opiate derived drug. There has always been the risk of addiction during your Subutex treatment because you are replacing your chosen drug with it. Hence, if you do not take it as your doctor prescribed or if you are not under constant medical supervision, such as at a rehab center, you will become addicted and have to detox from the Subutex.

Something we will teach you at The Watershed is that the purpose of Subutex treatment is not to replace your addiction, but to replace the uncontrolled drug use with a controlled drug use that can be gradually reduced in a way that you do not feel withdrawal symptoms. All that is required from you is hard work and one phone call to The Watershed: 1-800-861-1768.

Other Details About Your Subutex Treatment

If you are addicted to opiates or have become addicted to Subutex, you should know that there is a lot more to your Subutex treatment besides detox. Detox only cleanses your body of drugs. It does nothing for your psychological dependence on the drug. While we cannot tell you how other treatment centers will approach your mental and emotional dependency on opiates, we can give you an idea of what your Subutex treatment will entail at The Watershed. When you arrive at our rehab center, the first thing that will happen is a medical assessment. During this time we will get to know you and your addiction and then come up with an individualized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Following your detox (or switch to Subutex) you will enter into primary treatment. During this part of your Subutex treatment you are attending daily group meetings, such as relapse prevention, group therapy, etc… Also during this time you will be meeting for individual counseling, being treated for any dual diagnosis you may have, and essentially going through very intensive therapies.

The second part of your Subutex treatment is known as extended care. Your treatment becomes more individualized and less intensive, but you are still attending group meetings daily. However, you can leave the center on pre-approved trips and meet with your sponsor.

For additional information on the Subutex treatment programs at The Watershed, please visit For immediate assistance call The Watershed anytime at 1-800-861-1768.