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Debunking the Fear | Suboxone, Step One

Being afraid of the unknown is something nearly every person out there faces from time to time. The best way to deal with fears, in most cases, is to face them. It was in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1933 Inaugural Speech that he said, “we have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ The actual quote is as follows:

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Of course he was talking about the tough economic conditions of the time; the Great Depression. However, in this case I am talking about the fear of the unknown when it comes to getting sober, and what to expect in the first part of a Suboxone drug treatment detox – the Intake.

Generally speaking of course, the details of drug treatment will depend on the procedures adopted by the doctor’s office or the detox treatment facility the patient is attending.

Before treatment, the doctor, counselor, or nurse will ask questions regarding the medical history; health, mental, and substance abuse, which of course will include opioid usage of the patient. One of the good parts about these questions is that there isn’t a wrong or right answer. Being honest is important because the facility needs to make a proper assessment of the patient’s condition and what treatment plan will work best. Of course all the information is strictly confidential.

One of the most popular and widely used medicines used in treatment facilities today is Suboxone. Its popularity is due to the fact the withdrawal from it is far less than traditional methadone. The pros and cons of this drug are covered, as are the patient and doctor’s expectations of each other. In some cases, a blood sample will be needed. A blood analysis is important because it helps detect any other health conditions, such as anemia or hepatitis, which could interfere with the Suboxone treatment if it is not addressed. In most cases the patient will be asked for a urine sample so that the doctors can confirm use of opioids.

So there you have it – nothing to be afraid of at all.