Is Suboxone a Better Treatment Option for Opiate Addiction as to Methadone?

Question by ella: Is suboxone a better treatment option for opiate addiction as to methadone?
Or what is the best way to go about getting treatment?

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5 Responses to Is Suboxone a Better Treatment Option for Opiate Addiction as to Methadone?

  • som says:

    The best treatment option will obviously vary from person to person. With suboxone you are less likely to continue using, since you cant ,it blocks other opiates, unlike with methadone… However, methadone (for me at least) had the benefit of still providing a slight amount of fuzzyness (?) which meant it didnt feel as much of a change from heroin as suboxone did and so was an easier step. however… methadone is apparently the harder drug to come off of, having only been through heroin and methodone withdrawals i cant speak for suboxone but methadone was harder to come off of than heroin (the withdrawal lasted longer etc) and i had reduced to a mere 5ml before i stopped.

    Both can provide the stability and time needed to get clean.

    As for getting into treatment there is a walk in place near me, cranstoun, who refer you to kingsway house. I would imagine there is something similar near you. you can find out from your GP or from homeless shelters or other places that provide such information. A google search will probably do it too..

    Getting off opiates was difficult but absolutely worth it. Im now at uni with around 10 months clean time after a 9 year habit.

    Feel free to message me if you have any questions. 🙂

  • Skylark in ? says:

    Oh yay! I am happy to see that someone more knowledgeable about this finally answered the question for you!!!

    I don’t have any personal experience with either of these medications or opiate addiction, but I did some research for you and am pasting links below. From what I’ve read, Suboxone is an effective treatment option, but it’s a challenging, expensive, and controversial one. A professor at Stanford, Keith Humphreys, extensively studied buprenorphine (Suboxone) and compared its use to methadone, which has traditionally been used to treat heroin addiction. Suboxone is more suited for treating addiction to prescription painkillers, but it has a high rate of dependency and many insurance carriers do not cover the costs. The way it helps treat opioid addiction is by mirroring many of the effects of opioid drugs while reducing drug cravings. Basically, your body is tricked into thinking it is still taking the drugs you’ve been addicted to, and once you stop taking Suboxone you’ll go through a brutal withdrawal. In order for it to have lasting success at treating your addiction, it needs to be consistently taken for a minimum of one year to minimize the risk of a relapse, and some require it indefinitely. The costs can be considerable, and the problem many face is that they are unable to afford taking Suboxone for the duration needed for it to make a meaningful, lasting difference.

    Humphrey’s conclusions parallel those of a twelve-week clinical trial by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School to study the effectiveness of Suboxone for patients with a short-term history of prescription drug addiction who had never sought professional care before. Some patients also received intensive counseling. A significant number of patients did benefit from Suboxone initially, but unfortunately the majority later relapsed. While taking Suboxone they were able to maintain their sobriety without experiencing depression. Once they discontinued taking it, 90% relapsed.

    As I wrote above, I don’t know much about this personally. From what I understand, Suboxone can be prescribed by your general physician unlike methadone. It’s most definitely worth consulting with your doctor about it, and asking your insurance carrier if they would cover the costs. Find out up front how much they would be willing to cover, and for how long. I know this seems odd, but you might also want to explore whether acupuncture would be helpful to you. I was at first cynical and dismissive of it when it was suggested to me a couple of years ago to help with the side effects of chemo for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but I finally reluctantly began having it. I was astonished by how much it did help me. It was so effective I actually weaned off anti-nausea and other medications I’d been taking to cope with chemo. It also helped me to feel more emotionally stable and optimistic. I know it has also been used to help with addictions.

    This seems like such a corny thing to say, but I want you to know that I’m in your corner, Ella. I’ll always think highly of you. You deserve happiness and peace, and I hope you find both.

    ~ skylark

  • Brianna says:

    Yes, suboxone is much easier on your body as compared to methadone due to the lower risk of long-term dependence. Iv’e taken both, and must say the suboxone worked better to help me get me life back on track. The down-side is when you come off the suboxone you feel pretty shitty. So i found another natural supplement that helps get of any opiate or related narcotic opiod based drug. It’s Withdrawal Aid and it really works well when you need to get off this stuff. It’s much cheaper and works just as good as suboxone. Here’s a link to the site for everyone who want to take a look.

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