Suboxone™ was introduced in the United States in 2003 for the treatment of opiate addition. It is similar to opiates to the extent that it can ease the severe withdrawal symptoms, but does not fully bind to receptors to produce the euphoria. Under our supervision and care, Suboxone™ is used during the first 24-48 hours of your detox process to relieve any discomfort. After the initial dose, you may taper off the medication on an individualized timeline. Our main goal is to help you become chemical-free, when used correctly addiction to Suboxone™ should not be an issue.
Suboxone is classified as an opioid partial agonist. It is both an opiate and an opiate blocker.
Suboxone works by binding itself to the receptors in the brain to which opioids attach.
When opioids attach to the receptors, they produce that euphoric or “high” feeling. But with suboxone, these receptors are fooled into thinking they are being satisfied, but without producing that euphoric feeling.
Suboxone is a safe option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please speak with your healthcare provider about taking part in a medication assisted treatment program that utilizes Suboxone in order to provide relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Since there are multiple treatment options available, it is important to work closely with a medical professional in order to determine the appropriate route of treatment based on your individual needs.
Although Suboxone is a safe treatment option when taken as prescribed under the supervision of a medical professional, there is risk for tolerance and addiction if it is abused. Suboxone utilizes naloxone and buprenorphine as its active ingredients to provide patients with relief from the symptoms of withdrawal. Interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids, Suboxone eliminates cravings for additional opioid use while diminishing symptoms of withdrawal. Suboxone will not produce a euphoric high when consumed, which allows patients to play an active role in daily activities such as work, school, and their treatment.
Although extensive clinical research has confirmed that Suboxone is safe to take long-term, individuals are not required to do so unless instructed by their physician. While some patients will only utilize Suboxone short-term, others may remain on it for maintenance purposes for years. Since Suboxone’s effectiveness will not decrease over time, patients are able to continue taking it as long as necessary. Suboxone provides patients with relief from withdrawal symptoms while allowing them to play an active role in their daily obligations including progressing in treatment.
Although Suboxone is approved for long-term use, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to continue taking it long-term. Should you and your healthcare provider determine that Suboxone is no longer appropriate based on your needs, you can safely wean off of Suboxone under the guidance of your physician. Depending on your individual goals, you may either transition onto a different medication or continue opioid-free without the aid of medication.