Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a combination of an opioid agonist/antagonist that binds to the same opioid receptors as heroin. When taken properly, it can help reduce drug cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. It is in this way that it serves as a treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. It is FDA approved for this indication.
If you're struggling with heroin use, Suboxone could be a critical part of your recovery program.
While medications are critical for the treatment of OUD, just 18% of people with substance use disorder have access to them and use them for recovery. Find out how Suboxone works for heroin use disorder (HUD) here.
Suboxone is an FDA approved medication for patients with Heroin Use Disorder. (HUD). Suboxone is a partial opioid that can help prevent withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking heroin. It can also reduce their cravings for heroin.
When taken by itself, Suboxone has a very low risk of overdose due to its “ceiling effect” (the effects of Suboxone reach a maximum even if the person ingests very high doses, which prevents over-sedation and overdose). However, overdose is still possible, particularly if combined with other substances, so it is important to use Suboxone only as directed by your medical provider.
Suboxone is proven to help people recover from OUDs, including heroin. Medications like Suboxone:
In traditional addiction treatment programs, people get medications acutely to help treat immediate effects of withdrawal but do not get started on long term medications to prevent relapse. Relapse rates are 90% or higher in this model. Relapsing after detox is incredibly dangerous, as your body is no longer used to high levels of drugs. A hit that seems safe could kill you.
In a study of people given Suboxone, 18% were not using opioids at all just one month later, compared to only 6% of people given a placebo. Those individuals using Suboxone had fewer opioid cravings.
Suboxone can help people overcome very serious heroin dependence.
Suboxone is a safe and highly effective therapy when delivered by a licensed professional.
You could be a good candidate for treatment if you meet the following criteria:
Your doctor can help you decide if Suboxone is right for you. If it is, it might be the thing that allows you to truly stop using heroin for good.