Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone), is a partial opioid agonist that is used in treating individuals with opioid use disorder. Suboxone contains two ingredients, Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine blocks the opiate receptors and reduces cravings, while Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids. Together these medications work to prevent withdrawal from opioid addiction.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Buprenorphine is an opioid itself and is stronger than morphine, but since it is a partial opioid agonist, it prevents any other opioids from binding to the opioid receptors; it prevents other opioids from affecting the brain. Buprenorphine allows for individuals to successfully wean themselves off of opioids while minimizing any withdrawal; it satisfies cravings and suppresses withdrawal symptoms.
Naloxone in Suboxone reverses symptoms of overdose. It is an opioid antagonist, so it blocks and reverses the effects of other opioids on a person’s nervous system. The purpose of Naloxone is to prevent people from overdosing on buprenorphine. It also minimizes a relapse because it prevents a person from experiencing any euphoric sensations that opioids normally cause. If a person tries to take another opioid while taking Suboxone it will not work.
Suboxone for Treating Opioid Dependency
Suboxone is a depressant so it slows you down instead of speeding you up as a stimulant would. When taking Suboxone you can expect to experience pain relief, calmness, relaxation, overall well-being, reduced stress levels, and fewer worries.
According to SAMHSA:
Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. It produces effects such as euphoria or respiratory depression at low to moderate doses. With buprenorphine, however, these effects are weaker than full opioid agonists such as methadone and heroin. When taken as prescribed, buprenorphine is safe and effective. Buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that help:
- Diminish the effects of physical dependency on opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings
- Increase safety in cases of overdose
- Lower the potential for misuse
Suboxone helps to significantly reduce or eliminate the symptoms and cravings from opioid withdrawal. Regular as prescribed Suboxone use lowers the potential for misuse and increases safety in cases of overdose. When combined with behavioral therapy and treatment, it significantly increases lasting sobriety from opioid addiction.
How Does Suboxone Lower Opioid Abuse?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is using a medication, such as Suboxone, in combination with behavioral and counseling therapies to help people with opioid use disorder sustain recovery and prevent overdose.
The medication, Suboxone, eliminates symptoms of withdrawal and reduces cravings, while therapy helps the individual get to the bottom of and work through the reasons why they started abusing opioids in the first place. Group and individual therapy or some type of other treatment or rehab is a must while taking Suboxone. Suboxone is not meant to be a cure for opioid addiction but is only a helpful part of the recovery process.
Is Suboxone for Everyone?
Once the addict has maintained their sobriety for some time, has been successful at working through their addiction, and working on relapse prevention in their group and individual therapies, they can then start working with their doctor to slowly reduce the amount of Suboxone they are taking.
Another important part of this recovery process is also making sure that the addict is being treated for any mental health disorders that they may be struggling with. Suboxone is a good medication and has saved a lot of lives, but it is only a small part of helping someone successfully recover from opioid addiction.
Treatment for Opioid Addiction
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