FRIDAY REPRINT -- 5 Perks of OBOT
Treatment with Suboxone has been shown to be extremely effective at curbing cravings, reducing illegal activity, and helping people overcome their addiction to opioids. Suboxone is a combination of two medications – buprenorphine and naloxone – which work together to block cravings and ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
You can function normally on Suboxone. That means you can conduct a normal life, holding down a job, taking care of family responsibilities, and feeling physically well. Suboxone can also hold off the horrible feelings of opioid withdrawal, the fear of which keeps so many from seeking treatment.
Advantages of Outpatient Suboxone Treatment
A lot of people mistakenly believe you can only get Suboxone while in an inpatient rehab. However, more than 30,000 doctors across the country are qualified to prescribe Suboxone in an outpatient setting.
Here are just a few of the advantages to obtaining Suboxone treatment from a certified doctor in an outpatient setting:
- #1 You can still hold down a job.
Many people can’t go to rehab because they can’t afford to take a long absence from their job. Using outpatient Suboxone treatment, you can still work, draw a paycheck, and remain productive.
- #2 You can recover with the support of loved ones and keep up family responsibilities.
Many people find that it is simply impossible for them to abandon family responsibilities to go to rehab. Office-based opioid treatment with Suboxone allows you to remain with your family, receiving the direct support of those closest to you.
- #3 You have the ability to build a relationship with a medical team that can continue to assist you after treatment.
One of the problems with going away to rehab is transitioning home. All of the sudden, you have to find a new counselor, a new doctor, and a new support system. Outpatient treatment allows you to stay with the same team and build long-lasting, healing relationships that you can carry for years to come.
- #4 You can avoid the stigma of “going to rehab.”
Let’s face it, in our culture, “going to rehab” holds some stigma. Some people find it easier to seek treatment if they can do so without going to an inpatient rehab facility. Suboxone treatment offers an outpatient setting, meaning you can choose to share your recovery journey with friends and family, or keep the details confined to your personal support system.
- #5 You’re able to begin your recovery in the real world.
Some people find it hard to readjust to life after inpatient rehab. Outpatient treatment means you learn to deal with the difficulties of daily life in the same letting you’ll be facing in early recovery. This can make it easier to stay abstinent for the long-term.
ABT Counseling has a full team dedicated to our Office-Based Opioid Treatment program. If you’d like more information about OBOT, contact us.
*This article first appeared at rehabs.com, a resource from the American Addiction Centers, National Rehab Directory. Written by April Smith, November 4, 2019.