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a friend of mine wants to get treatment for addiction, he is thinking of suboxone. what all does this entail?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Commitment: Commitment is needed. Counseling, showing up for appointments, taking the medication as it is prescribed, and making lifestyle changes and personal choices for their benefit.
Answered on May 27, 2013
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
54 years experience Psychiatry
Personalized program: Firstan evaluation to see if he is a suitable for such treatment. If so, he needs to stop all use of opioids, wait for withdrawal to occur then he starts treatment. He is seen frequently maybe 1-2 times a week, and prescribed just enough to last till next visit. Gradually the frequency of visits is decreased.He then stays on the med. Indefinitely.There are many other impt. Psychosocial components.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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