What is Suboxone?

Updated
July 24, 2023
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Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction. It contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, and is usually taken as a tablet or film under the tongue or inside the cheek. Suboxone is part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program and helps manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings while reducing the risk of relapse. It is not intended as a long-term solution but as a tool to help individuals manage symptoms while working towards long-term recovery. Cedar Recovery utilizes suboxone as part of its individualized approach to addiction treatment.

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Suboxone (buprenorphine) is a medication used to treat opioid use disorder. It contains two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means it activates the same receptors in the brain as opioids but with less intensity. This helps reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings while minimizing the risk of overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means it blocks the effects of opioids and can reverse an opioid overdose if administered in time.

Suboxone is typically taken as a tablet or film that is placed under the tongue or inside the cheek. It is usually prescribed as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, which combines medication with behavioral therapy to provide a comprehensive approach to treating addiction.

Suboxone (buprenorphine) can be an effective treatment option for individuals struggling with opioid addiction, as it helps manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings while reducing the risk of relapse. It can also help individuals stay engaged in treatment and avoid the risks associated with illicit opioid use.

It's important to note that Suboxone is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a medical professional. It is not intended to be a long-term solution for addiction, but rather a tool to help individuals manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal and cravings while they work towards achieving long-term recovery.

Cedar Recovery utilizes suboxone (buprenorphine) as a part of our individualized approach to treating addiction. Our evidence-based approach combines medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and behavioral therapy to create a plan that works for the individual.

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