Is Suboxone a Better Treatment Option for Opiate Addiction as to Methadone?

Question by ella: Is suboxone a better treatment option for opiate addiction as to methadone?
Or what is the best way to go about getting treatment?

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20 Responses to Is Suboxone a Better Treatment Option for Opiate Addiction as to Methadone?

  • som says:

    The best treatment option will obviously vary from person to person. With suboxone you are less likely to continue using, since you cant ,it blocks other opiates, unlike with methadone… However, methadone (for me at least) had the benefit of still providing a slight amount of fuzzyness (?) which meant it didnt feel as much of a change from heroin as suboxone did and so was an easier step. however… methadone is apparently the harder drug to come off of, having only been through heroin and methodone withdrawals i cant speak for suboxone but methadone was harder to come off of than heroin (the withdrawal lasted longer etc) and i had reduced to a mere 5ml before i stopped.

    Both can provide the stability and time needed to get clean.

    As for getting into treatment there is a walk in place near me, cranstoun, who refer you to kingsway house. I would imagine there is something similar near you. you can find out from your GP or from homeless shelters or other places that provide such information. A google search will probably do it too..

    Getting off opiates was difficult but absolutely worth it. Im now at uni with around 10 months clean time after a 9 year habit.

    Feel free to message me if you have any questions. 🙂

  • Skylark in ? says:

    Oh yay! I am happy to see that someone more knowledgeable about this finally answered the question for you!!!

    I don’t have any personal experience with either of these medications or opiate addiction, but I did some research for you and am pasting links below. From what I’ve read, Suboxone is an effective treatment option, but it’s a challenging, expensive, and controversial one. A professor at Stanford, Keith Humphreys, extensively studied buprenorphine (Suboxone) and compared its use to methadone, which has traditionally been used to treat heroin addiction. Suboxone is more suited for treating addiction to prescription painkillers, but it has a high rate of dependency and many insurance carriers do not cover the costs. The way it helps treat opioid addiction is by mirroring many of the effects of opioid drugs while reducing drug cravings. Basically, your body is tricked into thinking it is still taking the drugs you’ve been addicted to, and once you stop taking Suboxone you’ll go through a brutal withdrawal. In order for it to have lasting success at treating your addiction, it needs to be consistently taken for a minimum of one year to minimize the risk of a relapse, and some require it indefinitely. The costs can be considerable, and the problem many face is that they are unable to afford taking Suboxone for the duration needed for it to make a meaningful, lasting difference.

    Humphrey’s conclusions parallel those of a twelve-week clinical trial by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School to study the effectiveness of Suboxone for patients with a short-term history of prescription drug addiction who had never sought professional care before. Some patients also received intensive counseling. A significant number of patients did benefit from Suboxone initially, but unfortunately the majority later relapsed. While taking Suboxone they were able to maintain their sobriety without experiencing depression. Once they discontinued taking it, 90% relapsed.

    As I wrote above, I don’t know much about this personally. From what I understand, Suboxone can be prescribed by your general physician unlike methadone. It’s most definitely worth consulting with your doctor about it, and asking your insurance carrier if they would cover the costs. Find out up front how much they would be willing to cover, and for how long. I know this seems odd, but you might also want to explore whether acupuncture would be helpful to you. I was at first cynical and dismissive of it when it was suggested to me a couple of years ago to help with the side effects of chemo for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but I finally reluctantly began having it. I was astonished by how much it did help me. It was so effective I actually weaned off anti-nausea and other medications I’d been taking to cope with chemo. It also helped me to feel more emotionally stable and optimistic. I know it has also been used to help with addictions.

    This seems like such a corny thing to say, but I want you to know that I’m in your corner, Ella. I’ll always think highly of you. You deserve happiness and peace, and I hope you find both.

    ~ skylark

  • Shook Roofing Co. says:

    excellent message, and I think you’re a terrific person for wanting to
    share something that has helped you so much. only people with a giving
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  • linda bishop says:

    i agree thats the devil. its hell going w/o the painkillers. im on suboxone

  • HKI61 says:

    hahhaaa in finland junkies inject this shit because there is no heroin..
    and amphetamine thats popular too .. ahhaaaaa miracle drug called subutex

  • beingther says:

    if you want to get off crack use crank it deliverd me that and holy water

  • neil73 says:

    I can tell youve seen the dark side of life. You have been thru the mill as
    it were. I truly hope you have a full recovery. Friends come and go in
    life, sad but true. But maybe when you are clean, you can pass on what you
    know about drugs to young people, educate them to not make the mistakes you
    did. I wish you all the best mate. Neil

  • unleasheth says:

    but at the end of that day, which was last night, i took 2mg and a hour or
    two later there i am messed up again nodding off getting kind of queezy to
    my stomach and anxious. so today i took a little crumb (actually 3 crumbs
    all day long so far) and its 11 oclock at night now. its been a tad better
    today but not much. i still got tired today and kinda low energy. does this
    ever go away? i want to feel closer to normal if possible. this is nothing
    like the hydrocodones i used to abuse before going

  • Nicky Davies says:

    that is a load of bollocks mate your withdrawls only last a number of days
    maybe a week or 2 for the phisical symptoms and all traces of Buprenorphine
    are gone from the body exept from your hair and finger nails etc

  • neil73 says:

    I know i may be sounding off to you, but i do have an understanding of how
    drugs and drug use works, and for detox, i would say that Subutex is as bad
    as Meth. Why replace one drug for another?

  • lahd1ne says:

    sun glasses because of small pupils :DD?

  • Jordan W says:

    hahahaahhahahhahhahhahhahahaha so funny… this guys either a actor or
    faking hahah this gyu is mad funnny

  • Michael Gorman says:

    @kr1selli5 I went through the same thing, you should be on no more than
    30mg of Methadone before transferring to Subutex, or Suboxone-you go
    through about a week feeling bad, after this the opiate effect of the
    subutex starts coming through-it acts like an agonist at first, while it
    strips all the methadone from your receptors-hang in there, it does get

  • B0DYR0T says:

    Try a few days. And as for ill, if they try shooting up Suboxone, the
    Naloxone will cause instant withdrawals at it’s best. But, yeah this
    chemical is for people who want to get off or, are forced by the state.
    Aside from that, I bet this guy who’s talking about being clean off pharms
    will turn around and buy a Big Mac from McDonald’s…

  • cobb864 says:

    @RSchmittyNJ1 Man, haha. I got you moist in your panties don’t I? You are
    pissed off. Of course, it’s statistical that relapse happens in addiction-
    thanks for these shattering facts. I know so many people that have tapered
    down and are now clean. One of those is a doctor that post videos here on
    youtube. Want a link? Dude, just because I don’t agree with your NA method
    don’t get your anus hurt. I mean on some real shit you are getting your
    vagina loose and shit. Suck a nice dick.

  • Vesuri cxv says:

    A fun fact: Here in Finland people shoot up Subutex and single 8mg pill
    costs from 40-150 euros. lolololol

  • fenderico35 says:

    hello , I ‘ m 42 ‘s old . taking subu for 6 years . I began whith 16 mg.
    now i’m on 2 mg. since 2 years but can’t stop it. Any idea ?

  • cobb864 says:

    @RSchmittyNJ1 Go look at the facts, I didn’t read but one of these
    comments. I’m not reading a 1,2,3 part intro/middle/outro. Just look at the
    statistics for the succusse rate in AA and NA/ 12 step. It’s in the teen’s.
    Bottom line, fact, factual, true, accept it. Sorry.

  • Chewin107 says:

    Subutex is just another drug,You can buy it for 5euro ,8 mg,on the street
    here in Germany,Some dealers are mixing it to get more money ,its a dirty
    buisness.I hate it i want to be free,my liver hearts evrey day after using

  • RaZoReDbABe says:

    I have been taking subs for 7 mos only 2 mg. I am on day 7 withdrawal I
    took percs 2 days in a row because of the f ing pain I still feel shitty
    depressed back pain chills hot flashes redy to check out I felt great on
    subs to I agree its just another drug dude wait until you try to quit it
    all of hell will descend upon you

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