Dr. Stuart Kloda Says Suboxone Therapy Helps Break The Oxycodone Habit

"Many New York City residents who abuse drugs like Oxycodone have productive lives, jobs, and families," says Dr. Stuart Kloda, an addiction specialist in Manhattan. “They seek help when they realize that they are becoming addicted. Suboxone can be an effective treatment.”

Online PR News – 02-December-2013 –New York, NY - “We often hear about drug addiction and people hitting ‘rock bottom’, but many highly functioning individuals and professionals turn to drugs like oxycodone, a semi-synthetic opioid, to deal with personal and professional stressors - then realize that they are becoming addicted. They then want to take action to back away from the abyss,” says Dr. Stuart Kloda, a New York City addiction specialist. “Suboxone (buprenorphine / naloxone) is a medication approved for the office based treatment of opiate and opioid addictions.  Suboxone can be thought of as a much safer, more convenient, and more discreet alternative to methadone maintenance.”

Addiction at the office
"Oxycodone 'with coffee in the morning' is described as energizing, giving one's mood a lift, reducing anxiety, and providing a buffer against pressure. However, eventually this effect is lost.”

"The opioid addicted patients that I treat come to me long before they have hit bottom and lost everything,” says Dr. Kloda. “These are people with functioning homes, jobs, and families, as well as students who are ambitious for their futures," he says. "Health, business relationships, and personal relationships are some of the first things to be affected with addiction. People come to me when they realize that things are just starting to get bad.”

It can be extremely difficult for people to recover from opioid addiction. “Medication-assisted treatment options such as Suboxone can help patients to stay abstinent. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are eliminated, and drug cravings become non-existent for most patients.”

“Patients are able to stay on a steady dose of medication, with no need for escalation. The effective dose of Suboxone can eventually be reduced from the initial starting dose after a period of time. The other interesting thing I have seen is some patients appear to have an opioid responsive depression. These are patients with a history of depressive disorders, diagnosed in the past before their addiction started. They have a history of poor response, or no response, to previous appropriate doses and trials of antidepressant medications, along with psychotherapy. With Suboxone therapy, they describe their depression as being adequately treated for the first time. Suboxone therapy improves physical and emotional health.”

“I consistently see patients progress and excel professionally when their addiction is stabilized with Suboxone,” says Dr. Kloda. “I see people getting promoted at work and making more money. Grades improve at school, along with the opportunities that come with having that higher grade point average. Marriages and relationships improve after patients start treatment with Suboxone. Being around a spouse who now feels well and who is happy obviously makes for an improved relationship.”

Dr. Stuart Kloda’s New York City practice is located at Columbus Circle. Dr. Kloda is opening a second office on Wall Street in January 2014. For more information visit www.stuartklodamd.com or call (646) 713-6578.

About Dr. Kloda:
Dr. Stuart Kloda completed a rigorous two-year Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the Addiction Institute of New York, a Columbia University affiliate in Manhattan located at St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals. His experience includes serving as the Medical Director for the inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation unit at Roosevelt Hospital.

Dr. Kloda offers detoxification for people with drug and alcohol addictions. He offers at home drug addiction help. Medical detoxification is medically supervised withdrawal. In medical detox, a drug that is the same or similar to the one being abused is started at a high dose, then gradually tapered down to zero.

Dr. Kloda is an expert in the outpatient medical detoxification of alcohol, opioids (Oxycontin, oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, and Lortab), opiates (Heroin and Morphine), as well as benzodiazepines (“benzos”) such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. Dr. Kloda is particularly skilled with Xanax medical detox. While there is no medical detox for cocaine and methamphetamine addictions, Dr. Kloda treats these addictions as well using the most current methods of addiction counseling.

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