A Series on the Power of Suboxone in MAT

Stigma is one of the main obstacles to getting lifesaving treatment for addiction. Fortunately, our society’s perception is slowly starting to transform from an outdated view of addiction as a moral failing, toward a more realistic, humane view of addiction as a complex disease that needs to be addressed with compassion and modern medical care.

image_gC3ujrz.jpegMyth #1: You aren’t really in recovery if you’re on Suboxone.

Reality: How many times have we heard this one?  While it depends on how you define “recovery,” the abstinence-based models that have dominated the past century of addiction care (AA & NA) are slowly giving way to a more modern view of recovery. One that encompasses the use of medications such as Suboxone, which regulate your brain chemistry to manage withdrawal, and combine that with counseling.  We here at Kemet support the view that addiction is a disease,  and we view Suboxone as a medication for a chronic condition, such as a person with diabetes needing to take insulin.  Some diabetics can maintain a healthy lifestyle by adjusting their diet, whereas others require daily medication.  Addicts are no different.  

Myth #2: People frequently abuse Suboxone.

Reality: Suboxone, like any opiate, can be abused. However, because it is only a “partial” agonist of the main opiate receptor (the “mu” receptor), it causes virtually no euphoria especially when compared with other opiates such as heroin and oxycodone. 

Myth #3: It’s as easy to overdose on Suboxone as it is to overdose with other opiates.

Reality: It is extremely difficult to overdose on Suboxone alone. It is significantly more difficult to overdose on Suboxone compared to other opiates, because Suboxone is only a partial opiate receptor agonist, so there is a built-in “ceiling” effect via Naloxone.

Myth #4: Suboxone should only be taken for a short period of time.

Reality:  There is no evidence to support the claim that Suboxone should be taken short term as opposed to being maintained on it for the long term, just as a person would manage their diabetes with insulin for the long term.

Through this blog, we are helping to eliminate myths and misinformation about addiction, and supplanting them with up-to-date, evidence-based treatments. It’s a critical step in the evolution of addiction treatment.  Join us in this effort by spreading the good word about how effective MAT with Suboxone and counseling truly is!