Abdulhassan  Saad, MD -  - Addiction Medicine Specialist

Abdulhassan Saad, MD

Addiction Medicine Specialist & Primary Care Physician located in Dearborn, MI

It’s estimated that as many as 2 million Americans have a substance use disorder with prescription pain medications such as opioids. Abdulhassan Saad, MD, in Dearborn, Michigan, is an addiction specialist who provides treatment for opioid dependence using a number of methods, including the use of Suboxone®. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction and needs help, call the office today, or book an appointment online.

Suboxone Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are a type of prescription pain medication. They act on specific receptors in the brain that not only relieve pain, but also induce feelings of pleasure. Opioids fall into the same class of drugs as heroin.

Examples of opioids include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Codeine
  • Tramadol

Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in the United States. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects neurotransmitters in the brain that induce a strong need or urge for a substance and may lead to poor judgment or impulsive acts.

Dr. Saad is a board-certified addiction physician who provides treatment for opioid dependency using the most effective methods, including Suboxone.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid dependency. It contains two primary active ingredients:

  • Buprenorphine: attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain to reduce cravings
  • Naloxone: blocks the receptors activated by the opioid

The medication is taken daily to help you manage your opioid dependence and is recommended in addition to counseling and other addiction support practices to help you in your recovery process.

Who is a good candidate for Suboxone?

Dr. Saad determines if you’re a good candidate for Suboxone. To be considered, you must have an opioid dependency with a strong desire for recovery treatment. If you abuse other substances, such as alcohol, you may not be considered a good candidate for Suboxone.

If Dr. Saad determines that you would benefit from Suboxone treatment, he monitors you closely while you receive the medication, including regular urine tests, to ensure that you’re compliant with his highly specific guidelines for treatment.

How long do I need to take Suboxone?

Dr. Saad determines how long you need to take Suboxone. In addition to helping curb your addiction to opiates, Suboxone is also used as a maintenance treatment to help prevent a relapse. However, you can be tapered off Suboxone if Dr. Saad feels it’s a good step for you in your addiction and recovery process.

Because Suboxone causes withdrawal symptoms, it needs to be tapered slowly as directed by Dr. Saad.

Addiction is a disease that you shouldn’t manage on your own. To get help for your opioid dependency, or that of a loved one, call Abdulhassan Saad, MD, to discuss your addiction treatment options, including Suboxone.