Suboxone and Subutex “Subs” may be an option for your child’s opiate addiction. Subs are taken sublingualy (dissolved under the tounge) and will provide relief from opiate withdrawl symptoms. The only difference between Suboxone (buprenorphine HCI and naloxone HCI dihydrate) and Subutex (buprenorphine HCI) is Suboxone has naloxone in it, Subutex does not. Nalaxone will not allow the drug to be used intravenously (Shot up with a syringe). If an addict tries to shoot up Suboxone, the Nalaxone will bind to the opiate receptor harder than buprenorphine will, which completely whipes all other opiates off the receptor, this will cause immediate withdrawl pains. Once an addict starts taking subs they will no longer have a physical craving to get high.

The drug will not get them high like heroin does but will give the user a small effect. They are very hard to overdose on and even if a user decides to take more than the prescibed dose they will mostly likely get a headache and stop. Suboxone has a half life of three days. Which means the drug stays in their system and slowly fades out over the course of that time. If a user decides to get high within three days of taking subs, heroin and all other opiates will not have an effect. The user would have to take a lot more heroin/opiates in order to achieve a small high and will still have a very low chance of overdose.

If you’ve tried other forms of treatment and nothing seems to be working replacement therapy is a good idea. I must make a note to say… Stay away from Methadone. Although Methadone has been around longer it is much harder to get off of. Some addicts end up staying on Methadone their whole life. It is also possible to overdose on Methadone. Any form of buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, and Generics) seems to be a much safer route.


  • When opioids attach to the mu receptors, dopamine is released, causing pleasurable feelings to be produced.
  • As opioids leave the receptors, pleasurable feelings fade and withdrawal symptoms (and possibly cravings) begin
  • Opioids continue leaving the mu receptors until the person is in a mild-to-moderate state of withdrawal. At this point, SUBOXONE therapy can begin
  • The primary active ingredient in SUBOXONE—buprenorphine—attaches to the empty opioid receptors, suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings.1 As a partial opioid agonist, SUBOXONE works by controlling withdrawal symptoms and cravings and produces a limited euphoria or “high
  • Buprenorphine attaches firmly to the receptors. At adequate maintenance doses, buprenorphine fills most receptors and blocks other opioids from attaching. Buprenorphine has a long duration of action, so its effects do not wear off quickly.