If you are interested in using Suboxone to fight your addiction to opiates, there are plenty of choices to choose from in and around Columbus.
The doctors who are able to prescribe the medication are clustered in three main locations; downtown, the southwestern part of the city, and the northern third of the city. There are a few to the east and west as well, but not nearly as many.Read More about finding Suboxone doctors in Columbus
Most of the Suboxone doctors downtown are east of the Scioto river, close to Broad Street, between 4th Street and I-71. There are a few closer to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Cross over the river to the west and you will find another couple of doctors, again off of Broad Street.
Head east on Broad Street, into East Columbus to find a couple more. South of them, Reynoldsburg holds about half a dozen of these doctors, all close to Main Street/US Route 40.
The University District has a lack of doctors able to prescribe Suboxone to help you with your addiction. You will either have to head downtown or travel to the northern part of the Columbus area, which holds most of the doctors who are willing to work with this medication.
Sawmill Road in Dublin has quite a few, between Henderson Rd and Seldom Seen Road, though most are just north of I-270. There are also a few west near Avery Place, between Post Road and Perimeter Drive.
US Route 23 hosts a number of Suboxone doctors close to the Pontifical College Josephinum, especially where it is called High Road. A clever location to place a drug rehabilitation clinic! A little north of that, between Old State Road and Polaris Parkway there a couple more doctors.
Westerville has another large collection of Suboxone-friendly doctors. Some are over by Northern Woods, specifically north of the Columbus Square Shipping Center on Cleveland Avenue. Further north are a couple near the County Line Road.
There are also a few Suboxone doctors off of Morse Road, close to highways I-71 and I-270. On the western side are a couple of doctors close to Hilliard, off of Cemetary Road.
South of downtown and I-70 is mostly clear of these doctors, though Grove City has a few. Most are close to the Park Square Center, near the corner of Gantz Road and Stringtown Road.
If you are in the southeast part of the Columbus area however, you will have to follow US Route 33 into the city or loop around on I-270 to find an appropriate doctor.
There is one lonely clinic in Lincoln Village that prescribes Suboxone, off of Broad Street close to I-270.
Opioid abuse is a serious health problem that can even lead to death. Whether the addiction comes from abuse of prescribed painkillers or other opiates such as fentanyl or heroin, quitting any opiate is a difficult task.
Thankfully, you no longer have to go to a federally controlled methadone clinic to seek assistance in cleansing yourself of an opioid addiction. This is good if you want to stay under the federal radar, or if you want to avoid the potentially harsh side effects of methadone.
The Drug Addiction Treatment Act in the year 2000 allowed physicians to prescribe narcotic drugs to help treat opioid addiction. Suboxone was the first such drug legalized, in 2002.
Suboxone is much more effective in relieving opioid dependency than trying to quit cold turkey and has friendlier side effects than methadone.
The medication known as Suboxone is actually a combination of two drugs, buprenorphrine and naloxone. The two drugs work together to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms commonly seen by opiate users and allow the user to wean themselves off of dangerous drug use, while being designed to prevent abuse.
Without the assistance of a medication, only 25 percent of people addicted to opiates manage to go for a year without relapsing. By using Suboxone, the chances of success improve, potentially hitting 60%, provided the person in question is on board with fighting the addiction and making an effort to change their behavior and environment.
Suboxone is available as both a sublingual tablet and as a filmstrip. The first is held under the tongue while it dissolves into the blood vessels located there. The filmstrip is used in a similar fashion, but resembles a postage stamp that completely dissolves in your mouth.
The main workhorse of the drug, buprenorphrine is an opioid. Specifically, it is a partial opioid agonist. Unlike full opioid agonists like morphine and oxycodone, it does not cause euphoria when taken according to directions, but some people report that it makes them feel normal.
It also has a partial painkiller effect on its own, so you can think of buprenorphrine as an opioid drug with the nasty parts cut off.
Buprenorphrine still triggers the part of the brain that thinks it is receiving an opioid dose, and in this way the drug prevents withdrawal symptoms from occurring. Because the medication stays attached to the opioid receptors for up to 24 hours, it blocks other opiate drugs from causing their high.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, so it clears out any drug currently attached to the opioid receptors. This drug is included in Suboxone to prevent abuse of the medication. When taken orally the naloxone has no effect. But when injected or snorted, naloxone removes the high instead of providing one.
This does have the effect of immediately kickstarting withdrawal symptoms, which further discourages abuse.
If you live near or in Columbus, Ohio, and feel the need to escape from an opioid addiction, there is hope. Suboxone can provide the medical assistance necessary to wean yourself off of opiates, and there are plenty of doctors to choose from.