Suboxone is used for the treatment of alcohol addiction as well as addiction to short-acting opioids such as codeine, morphine, heroin, oxycodone, and other semi-synthetic opioids. It is one of several FDA approved medications for treating opioid abuse disorders and has shown to be highly effective for restoring a patient’s neurochemical balance, relieving cravings, and preventing feelings of euphoria that opioids cause (which can quickly lead to the development of physical dependence).
Medications like Suboxone are used during medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which some facilities offer along with the typical behavioral therapy and counseling. They have been shown to be highly effective and both managing harmful side effects and facilitating long-term recovery. This medically aided treatment has been shown to:
- improve patient survival rates
- increase retention rates
- reduce the need for inpatient detox services