There are many people trying to recover from an opiate addiction who view suboxone as a viable way to ween oneself from their substance use disorder. Conversely, there are others who see it in a very harmful light. The decision to use suboxone in your treatment plan is one that should be discussed at length with you and your physician. The Cove Center for Recovery has investigated both sides of the drug’s merits to properly inform those in recovery and loved ones who are seeking treatment for opiate addiction.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medication, including pain relief or feelings of well-being that can lead to opioid abuse.

The Pros of taking Suboxone

Many know suboxone as the drug that reverses the effects of opioid substances such as percocet and codeine. For many addicts it is the best way to handle their addiction. Suboxone is prescribed by physicians as a tool to effectively detox from or manage an addict’s drug abuse.

Here are some of Suboxe Benefits:

  • Reduces opiate cravings
  • Blocks the high created by drugs
  • Lowers the risk of an overdose

The Cons of using Suboxone

The sole purpose of suboxone is to be used as a tool to effectively detox addicts and control the cravings from their addiction. However, just as with any drug, it also has the potential to be abused, especially when it is in the wrong hands – like a drug dealer. It is hard to believe that some people use suboxone as a recreational drug, which is completely the opposite purpose of the drug. Sadly, it can easily be abused since it is not as closely monitored as other opiate inhibitors like methadone.

Those seeking to abuse suboxone do so by crushing or injecting massive quantities of the drug. They also mix suboxone with other drugs or alcohol which can have deadly consequences. Another negative aspect of suboxone is that people trying to recover from opiate addiction develop a “crutch” mentality. It becomes a vicious cycle as a person with an opiate addiction for all intents and purposes ends up substituting one substance abuse disorder with another. Recovery “purists” believe you are truly not free of addiction if you need suboxone to maintain your sobriety. This has brought a divide in the recovery community as many view suboxone as simply a band-aid, while others truly believe it is a valid pathway to opiate sobriety.

Recovery “purists” believe you are truly not free of addiction if you need suboxone to maintain your sobriety

Here are the Drawbacks of Suboxone:

  • It can be easily abused like any other drug
  • Suboxone is not viewed as drug by some, which can lead to an addiction
  • Can cause nausea or vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches

If you are seeking treatment be sure to consult your doctor or primary therapist on the use of suboxone and the role it will play in your treatment.