What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription medication for the treatment of opioid addiction. It is a combination of two different drugs: buprenorphine (an opioid partial agonist) and naloxone (an opioid antagonist), and helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings while preventing misuse. SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reports that although buprenorphine in Suboxone produces similar effects to opioids such as euphoria, the effects are considered much weaker, and increased dosages DO NOT increase the effects, effectively limiting the potential for misuse or dependency.
Buprenorphine is the first medication approved to treat opioid dependency for dispensary by physicians. As an opioid partial agonist, it produces effects similar to opioids such as euphoria and respiratory depression. However, they are much weaker than those found in heroin and methadone.
Naloxone is a medication purpose built to help treat opioid overdose. As an opioid antagonist, it binds to opioid receptors in order to block the effects of opioids.
Getting Help for Opioid Addiction
Utilizing Suboxone to treat opioid addiction works best when administered by professional staff. It is also more effective in tandem with a tested therapeutic and aftercare program. Known as Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR) this approach has an overall higher success rate. A clinical study was carried out by Rikers Island where Suboxone and Methadone were administered to inmates suffering from opioid withdrawal. Upon release, 48% of former inmates reported to post-release treatment after using Suboxone compared to 14% for those who used methadone. Additionally, 93% of Suboxone users stated an intention to continue treatment after release compared to 43% of Methadone recipients.
Seeking Treatment Options?
At Landmark, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of treatment options for all of our patients. Suboxone is one of the leading opioid addiction treatment drugs currently available on the market and has been deemed a safer alternative than methadone. If you or a loved one is looking for a safe method to recover from opioid addiction, Landmark Recovery can provide the staff and resources to assist your journey.