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Suboxone and Methadone

For over 25 years Pat Moore Foundation has specialized in oxycodone and other opiate addiction treatment programs. We know first-hand the powerful addictive and destructive qualities of oxycodone and prescription drug abuse. Following is a short information guide on oxycodone abuse, addiction, symptoms, risks, hydrocodone, suboxone detox and treatment. We provide this as a service to Pat Moore Foundation family and friends, as well as for anyone seeking helpful and insightful information on oxycodone, including its addiction and abuse.

Suboxone and Methadone

In the world of drug treatment, there is some disagreement about whether methadone withdrawal treatment is still a viable treatment for opiod addiction. Methadone treatment has been around for over 40 years and there are decades of research to support its efficacy, so many drug treatment centers choose to rely solely on that method. Methadone rehabilitation for opiod addiction is no longer the safest or most effective treatment for opiod addiction, however.

In 2002, the FDA approved a new drug to treat opoid addiction. That drug is called buprenorphine. It is the active ingredient in Suboxone and Subutex. Suboxone, the more popular of the two, is fast becoming the new standard for treating opoid addiction including methadone addiction. Unlike methadone, buprenorphine does not produce the same level of euphoric high as heroin and other opiates. As a result, it is not as addictive as methadone. Suboxone contains another drug, naloxone, that deters users from injecting the drug by triggering withdrawal symptoms if abused.

Suboxone does not produce the same intensity of withdrawal symptoms as methadone, so discontinuing the drug is much easier. Methadone detox is so feared by users that many choose to remain on the treatment indefinitely rather than endure the harsh methadone withdrawal. Suboxone treatment can take as little as days to complete whereas methadone may take years.

In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in misuse and abuse of methadone as well as increase in methadone deaths. Methadone is now being bought and sold on the black market in large quantities. The National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that the opiod problem in this country will only increase if the methadone problem is not managed. Suboxone treatment is one way to fix the problem with methadone.


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Pat Moore Foundation’s drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification (using Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenorphine 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 filling out our online form.

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