Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat people who are addicted to opioids. Suboxone treatment helps them recover from addiction by managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. As explained in the YouTube video, suboxone consists of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. The U.S. National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) combined buprenorphine with naloxone to create an opioid that could be given to patients to prevent opioid withdrawal without causing an opioid high.
Suboxone comes in two forms: a sublingual film and a tablet. Both forms dissolve in the mouth when taken. While they deliver the same results, tablets are cheaper than film, and patients sometimes feel that it’s more discreet to use them. On the other hand, some patients prefer the film because they can take it in smaller doses, which is appropriate if the recovery goal is to wean them off the medication entirely.
Unlike other opioid replacement medications that must be prescribed in a specialized treatment facility, your doctor can prescribe suboxone. Many people use suboxone when they start treatment as well as when they’re continuing treatment and recovery. Your doctor should help you come up with a personalized suboxone treatment plan.
While suboxone treatment can help you recover from opioid addiction, a comprehensive treatment program is vital. Counseling and therapy can help you achieve recovery goals. It’s important to note that only a physician can prescribe medication.