What is Suboxone? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
Suboxone (buprenorphine plus naloxone) treats opiate addiction by preventing symptoms of withdrawal from heroin and other opioids. For many persons – in particular, those with lower-grade opioid addictions – Suboxone is an effective first-option. Suboxone is offered in sublingual tablets or film. While Suboxone is available by prescription in monthly doses, we at BHG believe that daily interaction during dosing, customized treatment, and weekly therapy remain the most effective method to lead our patients into recovery. This treatment modality is very similar to methadone treatment in that it involves the administration of a legal opioid (buprenorphine) to stabilize the biochemistry of the opioid-dependent person.
Suboxone vs. Methadone – As various authorities and government agencies have noted, “buprenorphine is unlikely to be as effective or more effective than optimal-dose methadone, and therefore may not be the treatment of choice for patients with higher levels of physical dependence on opioids” (U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Talk Paper: Subutex and Suboxone approved to treat opiate dependence). These studies further conclude that without the close monitoring, psychosocial therapy, and other rehabilitative services provided by OTP treatment centers, the long-term benefits of buprenorphine/suboxone for many patients must be cautiously considered. We have consistently found that a treatment program must treat both the chemical dependency and the behavioral issues to give persons struggling with addiction the optimal chance for success.