Suboxone® Clinic in Greenville, SC

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, Suboxone® treatment may be right for you.
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Suboxone® is a medication used to treat addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription painkillers. It is often used in drug rehab or treatment programs because it has proven effective in helping people overcome their dependence on opioids.

Vertical Treatment Centers offers Suboxone® treatment in Greenville, SC, for those who are batting a dependence on opioids. Give us a call today and start your journey to recovery!

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Drug Related Overdoses

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The Stats

Babies Born in SC

dependent on opioids in 2020

Deaths from overdose

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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 oral medication that can be used in both the induction phase of treatment to stabilize withdrawal symptoms and the maintenance phase of treatment to decrease urges for other opioids. Suboxone® is a combination of two 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 used in conjunction with other types of treatment, such as behavioral therapy, for opioid addiction.

For Suboxone® to work, the patient needs to have no opioids in their system. Suboxone ® can be a great option for those who have already detoxed from opioids and need to keep withdrawal symptoms and cravings at bay. The staff at Vertical Treatment Centers are trained to provide Suboxone® therapy.

Give us a call or schedule a consultation with us today!

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 Greenville, SC?

Vertical Treatment Centers helps patients conquer opioid addiction by combining Suboxone® and behavioral health therapy.

Our addiction treatment center is one of the few Suboxone® clinics in South Carolina that also provides a comprehensive spectrum of mental health therapies for several disorders. Our evidence-based approach is free of judgment and stigma. We view addiction as a mental health issue rather than a moral failing. We are dedicated to assisting you in overcoming your addiction and living a healthy, fulfilled life.

Opioid addictions are not all the same. Some patients may choose not to utilize Suboxone®. We do not prescribe Suboxone® to all patients, and we never put anyone under any pressure to take it. If you think Suboxone® is right for you, call Vertical Treatment Centers, visit us, or fill out a consultation form!

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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Suboxone® Clinics

How do I know if Suboxone® is right for me?

Suboxone® may be right for you if you’ve struggled with opioid use disorder and have been clean from opioids for any time after the drug has left your system. If your goal is to prevent cravings, and you’re able to take a daily medication, Suboxone® might be your best option. Give us a call to discuss your options.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone®?

You will work with your treatment provider to determine how long you should continue your Suboxone® treatment. Some patients are on Suboxone® for a short time while others may be on it long term.

What happens when you first start taking Suboxone®?

Many patients experience some mild side effects of Suboxone®, such as dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, mild cold or flu symptoms, and headaches. However, most of these side effects go away after the first 7 to 10 days.

How do you determine the dose of Suboxone®?

Your treatment provider will work with you to determine your dose of Suboxone® based on your tolerance to opioids and your medical history. Do not attempt to dose Suboxone® yourself.