Suboxone and Subutex “Subs” may be an option for your child’s opiate addiction. Subs are taken
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
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.
How SUBOXONE Works
- 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.