Why Detox Centers in South Florida Are Turning to Suboxone and Naltrexone

Thousands of people in the United States suffer from an opioid addiction. The opioid epidemic in the country has been the topic of news cycles and heated debates for years. If you or someone you love has an opioid addiction, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There is help available should you choose to seek it.

Detox and treatment centers have been trying to combat the opioid epidemic since its inception. They’ve largely been successful at implementing varied treatment options and engaging in relapse prevention methods. But many addicts are most worried about the initial detox — fear of pain keeps them from seeking the help they need to get clean.

What Are Opiate Antagonists?

Some people struggle with the idea of using medication to safely detox from an opioid addiction. After all, if an addiction began with pills, how can adding more pills help? To answer this question, it’s important to understand what the potential medication does.

Treatment centers that provide mental health screenings will also often have doctors or psychiatrists on staff who can prescribe mental health medication. These may be antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or mood stabilizers. The goal of this medication is to responsibly medicate whatever the individual was self-medicating before. The staff at treatment centers are very careful to monitor the effects of the medication.

On a more immediate note, detox from opioids can be aided by opiate antagonists. Opiate antagonists can also prevent a relapse. An opiate antagonist is an agent which blocks opiates from registering in a person’s body. It acts like a shield against the opioids, keeping them from being able to land on the opioid receptors.

The benefit of these medications is huge. Even if a patient relapses, if they’re taking an opiate antagonist, they’ll fail to experience the high of the opioid. They’ll also be much safer from risk of overdose and other bodily harm caused by opiate abuse.

Do All Detox Centers Use Opiate Antagonists?

The types of medication available at any given detox center vary depending on the center’s policies. There will also be variation in the type of treatment available. Some detox centers are only available for medically supervised detoxes, while others offer inpatient residential rehabilitation services after the detox is over.

More and more detox centers are turning to opiate antagonists to fight against the opioid epidemic. Sometimes sheer willpower isn’t enough, and you need a little extra help to take care of yourself. These medications are a tool you can use to keep your ongoing sobriety.

Centers in South Florida are turning to opiate antagonists. These treatment facilities service people from all over the East Coast. Many of them have the most advanced treatment methods in the world. These rehabs have always been on the front lines of new treatment options; they turn to opiate antagonists because these medications show real results.

What Are Suboxone and Naltrexone?

Suboxone and Naltrexone are two prescription medications that have been proven in studies to be effective at treating painkiller and heroin addiction. The medication that will work best for you depends on your unique circumstances. There are differences in the benefits and the ways the medications work, although both are used to curb the craving for opioids.

Suboxone is a pill taken daily. An individual would take a daily dose of Suboxone if they were about to go through a detox, or if they needed to continue curbing their cravings after their detox ended. Like methadone, Suboxone is considered a replacement medication. It replaces the need to use opioids. The person taking Suboxone has to remember to take it daily, though, for the medication to be fully effective.

Naltrexone, also known by the brand name Vivitrol, is a true opioid antagonist. Rather than taking this medication orally, Naltrexone is injected once a month. Unlike Suboxone, though, Naltrexone can only be injected after the withdrawal period is over. If you try to use Naltrexone while the opioid receptors are still blocked by actual opioids, the medication will be ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.

Is Suboxone or Naltrexone Better?

In clinical studies, Suboxone and Naltrexone have been proven equally effective at treating the cravings for opiods. Because Naltrexone can only be used after the withdrawal period, sometimes a physician will prescribe Suboxone to weather the initial detox and then inject Naltrexone afterward. Some patients choose to use Suboxone both during detox and in the following treatment; some patients choose not to use medication during the initial detox and inject Naltrexone as soon as they’re able.

The following comparisons were drawn in a study of the two medications:

  • Naltrexone users initially had lower opioid cravings, but within 24 hours the Suboxone patients’ cravings had decreased to the same level
  • 56% of patients taking Suboxone relapsed within six months, compared to 52% of Naltrexone patients
  • About one-fourth of people using Naltrexone alone are unable to get through detox unassisted

A relapse rate of more than 50 percent may sound high, but this is the most effective approach to opioid addiction treatment available right now. Medication assisted treatment is especially important in cases of opioid addiction, because the physical cravings for opioids are so overpowering.

Even if you have every intention of taking care of yourself and quitting the substance, there’s a chance you’ll go through a painful withdrawal. Physical symptoms are even more likely to cause opioid relapses than mental health issues. This is why a supervised medical detox at a treatment center is a far better idea than trying to face your addiction alone. These medications can help you, and the medical professionals at a treatment center can make sure you detox safely.

If you want more information about what a medical detox entails, our counselors are available twenty-four hours a day to talk. Call 877-978-3125 to move forward with your recovery today.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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