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Addiction Medicine Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Albuquerque, NM

Addiction is difficult to overcome, even with the help of experienced professionals. At Lynx Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the team of board-certified physicians offers addiction medicine with Suboxone® along with support, monitoring, and testing. To learn more about addiction medicine, call or book an appointment online today.

Addiction Medicine Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic physical and psychological condition that involves the compulsive use of a substance like alcohol or opioids. Lynx Healthcare specializes in giving you or a loved one individualized care to control the behavior and minimize the long-term effects of addiction. 

Addiction can be complex and difficult to treat. Contrary to what some believe, it isn’t a personal weakness or a choice made in bad faith. The following factors can contribute to your addiction:

  • Psychological health
  • Physical health
  • Family history
  • Your environment

Lynx Healthcare approaches addiction as a disease that, while complex, is highly treatable. Their addiction treatment program is comprehensive and accounts for your needs as a unique individual. 

What should I expect during my addiction medicine program?

The team at Lynx Healthcare can treat your addiction to opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, or oxycodone after performing a series of tests to evaluate you, including a physical exam. Before you officially start addiction medicine for opioids, they encourage you to stop using for at least 12 hours to get the most out of Suboxone.

Suboxone is a medication that counteracts the effects of opioids. It helps control the symptoms of withdrawal, which are severe enough to keep many people using their drug of choice. Throughout your individualized addiction medicine program at Lynx Healthcare, the team:

  • Performs urinalysis and blood testing
  • Evaluates and tracks your progress
  • Delivers and adjusts your Suboxone dosages
  • Encourages you to take part in some form of counseling 
  • Encourages you to avoid alcohol, marijuana, and other psychoactive substances

Just one week on Suboxone can greatly reduce your withdrawal symptoms and the compulsive cravings for opioids. 

How long do addiction medicine programs take to complete?

Addiction recovery is most successful when you don’t rush it. The Lynx Healthcare team evaluates you regularly until they determine that you can safely end your program. In most cases, programs last 6-12 months.

As you undergo treatment with Suboxone, the Lynx Healthcare team encourages you to take part in counseling in either a group or one-on-one setting. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are both great supportive group options.

The team encourages you to remain in such programs for a year or two even after you stop taking Suboxone at Lynx Healthcare to reduce the risk of relapse. 

To schedule your addiction medicine consultation at Lynx Healthcare, call or book an appointment online today.