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.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: Will the methadone you provide attract more drug users to our community?

When methadone is prescribed in our treatment program, it is done so in an extensively controlled environment for only those persons who qualify for treatment. In most cases, it is taken orally on-site, and it is highly managed when on-site or off-site to guard against diversion, abuse, or misuse of the medication. Federal and state […]


Words From Our Patients:

Before going to the BHG clinic and beginning methadone treatment and counseling sessions my life had no hope. I was using drugs of all sorts and doing things I thought I never would see myself do. I thought there was no answer to my problem (addiction). I lost all control of my life. I am […]