[vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_single_image image=”607″ img_size=”1000×400″][vc_column_text]At First Step Recovery Center located in California’s High Desert, we believe in treating all of our Hesperia patients with individualized care. This provides the personal touch that many people need to stick with their recovery plans and to change their lifestyles. While fighting addiction can be a lifelong mission, we can send our Hesperia patients down the right road that will help them achieve lasting success.

[su_note note_color=”#e5e5e5″]One of the ways we do this for Hesperia patients struggling with addiction to narcotics is by using a drug called Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of Narcan and Buprenorphine. Many know Narcan as being the antidote for narcotic overdose. Buprenorphine is a low-dose opioid. When the two drugs are used in combination, they produce a type of high that still gives some satisfaction to narcotic addicts while helping them to lessen their dependence on narcotics gradually. We prescribe Suboxone in ever-decreasing dosages with the understanding that patients will eventually be off the drug and living narcotic-free. Patients who require long-term dosing with Suboxone will be referred to reputable programs outside our facility.[/su_note]

Suboxone Use in Hesperia Drug Treatment Program

While Suboxone is an extremely helpful drug for breaking addictions, particularly to heroin, it is only safe and effective when taken correctly in the prescribed dosage. When it is taken incorrectly, it can cause a new addiction or can cause several side effects that can be so dangerous as to cause life-threatening problems. Dangerous side effects include extreme difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the face and decreased liver function as evidenced by dark urine, clay-colored stools or extreme itchiness.

However, even Hesperia patients who take Suboxone correctly may notice uncomfortable side effects, which are to be expected. Some of these may include headaches, insomnia, nausea, and achiness. They may also notice that their emotions feel somewhat blunted. These side effects should decrease and go away entirely as the drug is decreased and stopped.

After Hesperia patients are weaned off Suboxone, they will most likely need continuing medication therapy to ensure that they do not relapse and return to a narcotics addiction. We may use a drug, such as Vivitrol, to prevent this from happening. However, our doctors always write prescriptions on an individualized basis and understand that each person may require something different from another patient. We will also work with an additional person associated with the patient who can safely give the patient the medication each day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”sidebar-right-page”][/vc_column][/vc_row]