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What are the benefits of taking Suboxone to stop opioid use?

Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a daily, long-term medication used to treat opioid use disorder that is well-known to be safe and effective. Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) relieves withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and dramatically reduces overdose risk, and notably, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine or methadone is critical to prevent overdose and death. 


Research shows that with MAT, 75% of patients will still be in recovery one year later. Conversely, studies demonstrate that within one month of stopping buprenorphine (MAT) treatment, more than 50% of patients relapse to illicit opioid use. Benefits of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) include helping patients to feel normal and healthy, and when taken as prescribed by a medical provider, it treats addiction and does not cause the negative impacts of uncontrolled substance use on one’s life, goals, and daily functioning.

Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

Dr. Rollston is a Family Medicine Physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, Affiliate Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Primary Care Blog, and Founder of Doctors For A Healthy US, LLC. She earned her Medical Degree from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine and her Master of Public Health from The George Washington University. Her professional interests focus on social influencers of health & health disparities, addiction medicine, sexual & reproductive health, homelessness & supportive housing, and rural health.

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