The Benefits of Counseling and Suboxone Treatment
Research shows that treatment for opioid use disorder is most successful in conjunction with a mental health support system. Counseling can provide the psychological support needed to achieve your recovery goals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlights the importance of counseling in addiction treatment, stating that medication alone is rarely sufficient for effective drug addiction therapy. For most patients, drug abuse counseling—individual or group—and participation in self-help programs are necessary components of comprehensive addiction therapy. It is the combination of Suboxone and behavioral health services that have proven to be the most effective MAT programs.
Counseling/therapy helps to rebuild relationships, repair finances, get a job, assume family responsibilities, decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, and make other meaningful changes in your life that will allow you to achieve and maintain addiction remission. Addiction is a learned behavior that changes the brain as well. The brain becomes conditioned to want the substance. Through counseling and other behavioral modification, we can actually, in some cases, change the brain physically. These changes can lead to long-term healthy behaviors that can contribute to complete recovery.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
“Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery”