Suboxone – a Substitute Addiction or Treatment Aid?

Suboxone - a Substitute Addiction or Treatment Aid?

Suboxone – a drug used to help opioid addicts treat their brain disease of addiction.

Suboxone is one of three medication options used to medically assist opioid addicts with treating their addiction. Because addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease, treating the disease takes far more than just the decision to stop.

Treatment basically requires healing / re-wiring the brain. The required brain healing changes involve the neural network and cell activity related to cravings, thinking, triggers, cues, alternative actions, picking up the pieces to restore one’s life to “normal,” treating a co-occurring mental illness (if so diagnosed), re-establishing relationships with family members and friends, finding a job — a whole host of activities (all of which require neural networks) that people without addiction cannot appreciate nor imagine.

For some individuals with an opioid addiction, using suboxone, or one of the other two medication possibilities, naltrexone and methadone, can help with the initial stages of treatment and recovery. To understand suboxone as a treatment option, please check out these two resources and, of course, talk to your doctor:

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Author of nine books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!" and "Quick Guide to Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and hundreds of articles, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 12 years researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance misuse prevention, intervention and treatment; mental illness; addiction as a brain disease; effective co-occurring disorders' treatment; secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies and public agencies to address the workplace impacts of secondhand drinking - the other side of alcohol misuse - something that affects up to 40% of a workforce and costs hundreds of thousands dollars each year in absenteeism, safety risks, health care expenses, distraction and poor performance costs.

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