Suboxone Specialist


Suboxone services offered in Texas, Houston, TX

If you have an opioid dependency and want to detox without needing an in-patient program, you need to talk with Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA, about medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone®. Dr. Balasubramanian has helped many patients overcome their opioid addiction using Suboxone to stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms. To learn how you can detox from home, call one of the two offices in Houston, Texas, or request an appointment online today.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone contains two medications, buprenorphine and naloxone. These medications treat addictions to opioids such as heroin, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

The two drugs work together to:

  • Suppress and reduce opioid cravings
  • Prevent withdrawal symptoms
  • Block the effects of opioids
  • Normalize brain chemistry

In addition to helping you step away from opioids, Suboxone has another great benefit: You can detox and recover without going to an in-patient clinic. Dr. Balasubramanian administers your first dose, then closely monitors your health while you keep taking the medication at home.

What is medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone?

Federal guidelines require Suboxone to be administered through a program called medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT combines medications such as Suboxone with counseling and behavioral therapy.

Suboxone treats the physical addiction, while counseling helps you identify and manage the emotions, habits, thoughts, and life challenges that tempt you to relapse. This whole-person approach is proven to have greater success, helping patients maintain a long-lasting recovery. 

What happens during Suboxone treatment?

Your Suboxone treatment goes through three phases:

Phase one: Induction

You take your first dose in the office while you're in the early stage of withdrawal. After your initial dose, you take one dose daily at home. Dr. Balasubramanian adjusts your dose as needed to prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Dr. Balasubramanian prescribes enough Suboxone to carry you until your next appointment. Regular appointments are essential for monitoring your progress and making sure you have the right dose.

Phase two: Stabilization

This phase begins after you no longer use opioids, and your cravings have stopped. You keep taking Suboxone, but Dr. Balasubramanian can adjust your dose to match your needs. Most patients start counseling during the stabilization phase.

Phase three: Maintenance

During this phase, you stay on the same dose of Suboxone for as long as needed to be sure your withdrawal symptoms and craving don't return. Once you're stable, Dr. Balasubramanian can slowly taper down the Suboxone.

At this point, he may prescribe a different medication to continue supporting your recovery. And if your cravings return, he can restart Suboxone. You can safely take these medications indefinitely, as long as you're monitored by Dr. Balasubramanian.

If you need help with an opioid dependence, call Anand Balasubramanian, MD, PA, or request an appointment online today.

 Anand Balasubramanian, MD