Suboxone® Clinic in Clinton, SC

At Vertical Treatment Centers, we offer Suboxone® in conjunction with behavioral health counseling to help those who are suffering from opioid use disorder get help.
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Opioid use disorder, also known as opioid addiction, is a complex illness that carries a lot of stigma. Opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, and other prescription medicines, create chemical reactions in the body that produce powerful cravings, leading to strong physical and psychological dependence. Suboxone® helps people overcome addiction by quelling the urge to use other opioids and decreasing withdrawal symptoms, while still allowing the brain to begin to heal. Suboxone® is a daily oral medication.

If you or a loved one is battling opioid addiction, Vertical Treatment Centers in Clinton, SC, is here for you. Give us a call to see if Suboxone® is right for you.

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Drug Related Overdoses

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The Stats

Drug Related Overdoses

every day in South Carolina

Babies Born in SC

dependent on opioids in 2020

Deaths from overdose

in SC every day

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What is Suboxone® and How Does It Work?

Suboxone® is an opioid prescription drug that is used to treat opioid dependence. It can be used in both the induction phase of treatment to stabilize withdrawal symptoms and maintenance phase of treatment to decrease urges for other opioids. It consists of 2 drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone.

Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, meaning it can bind to the same receptors as other opioids, but the binding is weaker. It has high affinity (natural liking) for the opioid receptors but a lower intrinsic efficacy (less activating) of the opioid receptors thus triggering a response that is lower than that of a full agonist such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, heroin, etc. Additionally, buprenorphine has a 24-42 hour half-life, decreasing a patient’s likelihood of experiencing withdrawal if they miss a dose.

Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist that competes and displaces opioids at opioid receptor sites, blocking the effect of opioids. Naloxone is included in Suboxone® to stop the misuse and abuse of the medication. If a person attempts to change Suboxone® from its original form as a film (i.e., melt it down or dissolve it), the naloxone reacts and blocks the brains receptors from receiving any of the buprenorphine. This drastically lowers the medication’s rate of misuse, making it an effective tool for treating opioid use disorders.

In most cases, Suboxone® is most effective when combined with behavioral modification techniques such as individual or group therapy. At Vertical Treatment Centers, we develop individualized treatment plans that include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and behavioral health therapy to help patients overcome their addictions and take back their lives.

Call or visit us at our Clinton location and ask about Suboxone® treatment!

How is Sublocade® Different from Suboxone®?

Both Sublocade® and Suboxone® can be used to treat opioid use disorders.

Sublocade® is a once-monthly injection that consists of a single medication: buprenorphine extended-release. Sublocade® works by continuously releasing buprenorphine all month at sustained levels.

Suboxone®, on the other hand, is the combination of two medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. Suboxone® comes in the form of an oral film or tablet and is usually taken daily.

At Vertical Treatment Centers, both Suboxone® and Sublocade® are available to patients with opioid use disorders, depending on where the patient is in their recovery journey.

How Is Suboxone® Different from Methadone?

Both Suboxone® and methadone are commonly used to treat opioid use disorders.

Suboxone® is a partial agonist, meaning it has a lower affinity for the brain’s mu receptors, leaving a percentage of the receptors free to begin healing.

Methadone is a full agonist, meaning it has a high affinity for the brains Mu receptors (binding to most of the mu receptors with every dosing) similar to other opioid full agonists such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, heroine and other opioids.

For this reason, methadone is easier to misuse, develop a dependency (requiring a higher and higher dose to work), and more difficult to wean. Thus, patients are often required to visit methadone clinics more frequently and, in most cases, daily for closer oversight.

For the above reasons, we do not offer methadone at Vertical Treatment Centers. Why Get Suboxone® at Vertical Treatment Centers in Clinton, SC?

Vertical Treatment Centers help patients defeat opioid addiction by combining Suboxone® and mental health therapy, along with addressing other co-existing mental health diseases. Our addiction treatment center is one of the few Suboxone® clinics in South Carolina that provides a spectrum of mental health therapies for many disorders.

We view addiction as a mental health illness, not a moral failing. Our staff are trained in addiction, and never judge our patients. We use evidence-based treatment to help you overcome your addiction and live a healthy, fulfilled life.

Opioid use disorders are not all the same. We do not prescribe Suboxone® to all patients, and we never pressure anyone to take medications. If you’re ready to take back your life, give Vertical Treatment Centers a call today!

How treatment works at Vertical Treatment Centers

Get Started

Call us (or let us call you!) to set up an intake appointment, toxicology screen, discuss payment options, and review expectations.

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Meet with your team

Meet with a medical team member and your therapist to complete the assessment process, develop a personalized treatment plan, and receive prescriptions based on your needs.

Reach your goals

Continue to attend individual and/or group counseling, complete toxicology screens, and meet with medical team members to progress toward your goals.

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FAQs about Suboxone® Clinics

What are the Suboxone® Treatment Program Requirements?

Every treatment program at Vertical Treatment Centers is unique and tailored to the needs of the patient. In order to safely take Suboxone®, patients must not have opioids in their system. Patients must also make regular follow-up appointments while on the medication, though the frequency of appointments can vary from a few days apart to as little as once per month, depending on where the patient is in their recovery journey. We highly recommend behavioral health therapy to all patients with substance use disorders, as this therapy has been shown to be more effective in treating SUD than medication alone.

Is Suboxone® Safe for Pregnant Women?

Suboxone® is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, both of which have been shown to be effective in pregnancy, should the benefit outweigh the risk. Studies show that Suboxone® could be a safe alternative to methadone. Additionally, ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist) supports the use of buprenorphine as a potential first line medication for pregnant patients new to treatment. It is their opinion, along with increasing data, the buprenorphine use could decrease the severity of neonatal withdrawal syndrome. As a result, the use of buprenorphine in pregnancy has increased. The current ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) consensus is that Suboxone® is safe and effective in the pregnancy population and those patients that are already taking these products should not be switched to alternative medications.

Can You Take Suboxone® And Vivitrol® Together?

We do not recommend using Suboxone® and Vivitrol® together. Talk to your doctor about your opioid addiction treatment options, or schedule a consultation with Vertical Treatment Centers to learn more about which treatment plan will be right for you.

Is a Suboxone® Clinic Right for Me?

If you are suffering from opioid use disorder or have a history of opioid abuse, Suboxone® may be right for you. Come in or call us today to start your journey of recovery.