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Subutex & Suboxone: Questions and Answers

Subutex vs. Suboxone

The question of which opiate addiction treatment medication to use is an important one to consider because you'll want to use the one that works best and has less risk of abuse. The best place to start is to have a general understanding of the two opiate medications.

Buprenorphine, the primary ingredient found in both Subutex and Suboxone, is a medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of people with an opioid drug addiction. An opioid drug is synthetic in nature and possesses properties similar to opiates, which induce sleep and alleviate pain. Examples of opioid drugs are; morphine, heroin, cocaine, and Vicodin. 

Both medications come in 2 mg and 8 mg strengths, and as a sublingual tablet, which means it needs to be dissolved under the tongue. The ingredient medication that divides Subutex and Suboxone is naloxone, and when added to buprenorphine it prevents abuse because if the user dissolves the tablet and injects it he or she will not get 'high,' which limits the risk of abuse. Naloxone is a narcotic drug that reverses the effects of other narcotic medications.

At Pat Moore Foundation, Suboxone detox treatments occur in a safe, comfortable, home-like environment that is a crucial element for our client’s state of mind. During this process they are still able to participate in counseling sessions with their case manager and group therapy with their peers, contingent on their physical well-being.

Pat Moore Foundation's alcohol and other drug treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification when appropriate and primary residential treatment. Our individual homes are on a unique co-ed campus where we offer gender specific treatment. We are located in Costa Mesa, in Orange County, Southern California, close to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, and only an hour's drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. To speak with a counselor, please call us 24-hours at (888) 426-6086 or if you'd like us to contact you, send a confidential message online by clicking here.

Note: All medical services are administered by medical professionals, which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation.

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