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
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

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