Medication Supported Recovery
to Treat Opiate Addiction
Suboxone is prescribed by a doctor in sublingual tablet or strip
prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opiate-type drugs.
It is a long-acting
partial mu opiate agonist that acts on the receptor targets of heroin
and morphine, but does not produce the same intense "high" or dangerous
side effects. Apparent antidepressant properties of Buphrenorphine are
also being studied as an effect of kappa blocking of opiate receptors.
Naloxone is a narcotic antagonist that blocks the effect of narcotics
and can cause severe narcotic withdrawal when injected. It has little
effect when taken by mouth or dissolved under the tongue. Newer
Suboxone films (or strips) are less prone to abuse and diversion. A
long lasting subcutaneous Suboxone implant is under development and may
help those who are not consistent in taking Suboxone.
Blocks opioid receptors so that drug use
does not result in euphoria or high. It produces no narcotic effect, but
cravings for narcotics may continue during treatment.
A synthetic opiate that stabilizes the level of opiates in the
bloodstream, preventing withdrawal and craving without producing a
comparable euphoria or high. Methadone treatment for addiction is
available only in licensed Methadone clinics.
**Medication supported treatment utilizing any prescription
medication should be done only as prescribed and monitored by a
licensed physician. Nothing contained in this website should be
considered medical advice. Please consult your physician.