Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade – Addiction Counselor talks about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)!

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Thoughts on Suboxone (and medication-assisted treatment in general). Also, include Subutex and Sublocade (which are other forms of Buprenorphine). Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a controversial topic in the world of addiction and recovery. In the past, it was mostly just methadone, but now it’s Buprenorphine which is the main ingredient in Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade. In this video, you’ll hear my professional opinion about suboxone (opiate replacement medication). I strongly suggest that people/families educate themselves on this issue before they make a decision.

Suboxone is a medication given to individuals who are dependent (addicted) to pain pills or heroin. It’s made up of mostly buprenorphine and a little naloxone.
Buprenorphine is a longer lasting opiate (same as pain pills) and naloxone is an opiate blocker.

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3 thoughts on “Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade – Addiction Counselor talks about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)!

  1. i agree with you i had struggled for many years, i have been to 2 methadone clinics and 3 suboxen doctors, replacement therapy can be very useful, some people need that medication. however when they give this mediction to people who are trying to quit, it can back fire, one of the reasons it works so well is because subs and methadone are much stronger then even heroin i know people that have been at clinics for 30 years, its the same as having to go to a drug dealer to get your fix every day and is more addictive then street drugs and i have never seen any program that offers its patients a way off except to lower the dose over time and that does not work for most people, however for people who require this medication it is much safer then going out to the streets. love what you are doing

    1. Charles House Thanks Charles! I love what you said about it not being a good fit for people who are trying to quit completely. I’d never really categorized it like that before but you’re right on target!

    2. You think suboxone is stronger than heroin? Are you serious? Methadone is a fairly strong drug but the main difference between these meds and abused meds/heroin is they have a much longer half life…shorter acting opioids are responsible for intense euphoria for shorter amounts of time. Suboxone is unique in a couple ways: 1st being its a partial agonist meaning it does not totally occupy opiate receptor sites-it only partially does. 2nd is after about 24mgs-anymore will not effect the user-its called its ceiling effect…this means its much less likely to cause overdose as well as euphoria associated with the short acting full agonist opioids…its a much safer drug than methadone which doesnt possess much difference from the abused drugs other than a longer half life. It gets to me when people that practice abstinence based programs look down their noses at those who may require a maintenance based program because that stigma keeps very sick people away from help they need. And mostly due to a lack of understanding of the intentions and design of maintenance based programs, or the idea that a person functioning on suboxone is equal to someone nodding off on heroin…

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