Most people can’t just walk away from opioid dependence. They need help to change their thinking, behavior, and environment. Quitting opioid use without help can be very challenging and has a very poor success rate.
Suboxone is the brand name for the combination of the drugs Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine suppresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids, while Naloxone blocks the effects of problem opioids.
Think of Suboxone as a stepping stone. Since it suppresses withdrawal and cravings, it can help you remain in treatment and gain control over your opioid addiction without the distraction of cravings or fear of withdrawal.
Suboxone allows you to overcome your addiction by breaking up the recovery process into more manageable steps. By having withdrawal symptoms and cravings controlled, overall treatment can focus on resolving issues and avoiding situations that can cause you to relapse.
Approaching recovery with Suboxone gives you a higher chance for success in overcoming your addiction and allows for patients to taper off of Suboxone safely and and confidently.
You can also work with your physician to address the issues that may have been contributing to your use of opioids such as depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions.