Suboxone and Subutex are medications that are based on buprenorphine and approved for the treatment of opiate addiction. These medications are useful both in detox and in relapse prevention maintenance. Buprenorphine acts as a partial agonist-antagonist on the opiate receptors to suppress cravings and opiate withdrawal. This medication is highly effective in accomplishing this, making prevention of relapse much more manageable.
Suboxone maintenance is not for everyone, but can work wonders for many who have struggled with chronic relapse onto opiates. Maintenance is not done for a set period of time, but rather for the appropriate amount of time for each individual to develop the necessary skills and tools to remain sober without medical assistance. This treatment option is done in combination with individual psychotherapy and group therapy to develop these skills. Urine drug testing is done regularly to assess continued sobriety as well as medication compliance. Treatment plans are individualized to meet the needs of each patient as well as the needs of special populations. When it is time to come off of Suboxone or Subutex, Dr Rodriguez has a number of different methods to accomplish this.
In many cases, coming off of Suboxone or Subutex can be very difficult. Dr Rodriguez has developed and implement the Rodriguez Method for Outpatient Detoxification (RMOD) of buprenorphine to greatly facilitate this. This process is the most effective and most comfortable way to come off of buprenorphine. This method involves intravenous medications to greatly accelerate the detox process and complete it in a matter of a few hours, without the risks and problems related to anesthesia. Discomfort is minimized and resolved before leaving home. This process leaves no post acute withdrawal symptoms, which is a major advantage over all of the other methods in existence. The development of the RMOD for buprenorphine has allowed patients to go on Suboxone or Subutex without having the concern of “getting stuck” on these medications for years longer than they ever intended.