Addiction

_MG_5289 In the autumn of 2010, Dr. Bennett heard about using suboxone to treat opioid dependence. Realizing there was a need for such a doctor in the Jonesboro area, he opened Jonesboro Clinic. We specialize in opioid addiction, but we’re more than willing to treat other types of dependence as well. We are partnered with a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, to better serve your unique needs.

Treatment Plans

We use two main medications to deal with opioid dependence: Buprenorphine and naltrexone. These medications are not cures for addiction, but they do help to treat the withdrawal symptoms that come with stopping opioids. Addiction is a complex disease that cannot be treated by medication alone. In order for our treatment program to succeed, you must be willing to break all of the bad habits that come with addiction, including parting ways with other users and bad influences that pressure you into using, as well as finding alternative ways to deal with stress and anger that might trigger the desire to use.

Buprenorphine/Naloxone

Buprenorphine/naloxone can be prescribed in one of three brands, SuboxoneZubsolv, and Bunavail. Your dosage will gradually decrease over the course of your treatment plan. You need to be in withdrawals from opioids for 24-48 hours before you take your first dose, or you risk becoming extremely sick. You should not take buprenorphine with alcohol, opioids, or while you are pregnant. Make sure your doctor knows about every street drug/prescription medication you take on your first visit. Buprenorphine/naloxone can react dangerously with certain medications. For more information, please feel free to contact our office here.

Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an alternative to suboxone for opioid dependence treatment. It comes in two forms, tablet (brand name ReVia) and injectable (also known as Vivitrol). The naltrexone tablets are much like the suboxone tablets; you will take them 3-4 times daily, and your dosage will slowly decrease as your treatment plan progresses. In order to safely take the naltrexone tablets, you must be in withdrawals from opioids for at least seven days. Alternatively, you may opt for the naltrexone injectable known as Vivitrol. This is a once-monthly intramuscular injection. Some of our patients find that the injection works better for them because it also helps break the addictive habit of taking something orally every few hours. Like Suboxone, naltrexone (tablet and injection) should not be taken with alcohol or opioids, nor should it be taken by pregnant women. For more information on this treatment plan, please feel free to contact our office here.