What is Suboxone?
Prescribed for people with opioid dependence, Suboxone is the brand name for a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and comes in the form of a sublingual film. It is a partial-opioid agonist, manages the physical symptoms and cravings associated with physical dependence and addiction, to allow for working toward recovery. At ROAD to a Better Life, we combine medication (when needed) with group therapy to maximize success rates of our clients/patients. Our goal is to help you reclaim yourself while assisting you in building a satisfying life that you can enjoy and thrive in. We promote an abstinence model, which means that our treatment goal is to help you stop using altogether.
How does it work?
Suboxone binds to opioid receptors in the brain, but not with a perfect fit since it is a partial-opioid. It tricks the bring into thinking it has received full-opioids, but without the euphoric effect of full-opioids. The bind with receptors in the brain lasts for several days, blocking other opioids from binding.
Why choose Suboxone over Methadone?
- Suboxone is a partial-opioid, which means it is harder to abuse than Methadone, a full-opioid.
- Suboxone is generally less addictive than Methadone.
- The risk of fatal overdose from Suboxone is significantly less than with Methadone.
How do I start treatment?
You must be in withdrawal (dope sick) to start bupenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or bupenorphine. To ensure this:
- Methadone must be discontinued 72 hours prior to starting bupenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or bupenorphine.
- Heroin must be discontinued 12 hours prior to starting bupenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or bupenorphine.
- Oxycontin, Morphine, Vicodin, Percocet must be discontinued 24 hours prior to starting bupenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) or bupenorphine.