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Suboxone Detox | What is Suboxone, and a Possible Trend?

I think the best way to learn anything is to ask questions, and so I asked myself a while back. What is a Suboxone anyway? I’d heard about Suboxone in 2002, when President Bill Clinton signed the Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) into law as part of the Children’s Health Act of 2000.

Suboxone is a narcotic medication indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence. It consists of Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, which stimulates activity at opioid receptors but does not give the full effects of being ‘high,’ and naloxone, an opioid antagonist, which attaches to but does not activate specific receptors to stimulate drug actions.

The tablet is placed under the tongue and very little of the naloxone goes into the bloodstream, so the benefit of having naloxone in Suboxone is that it discourages people from dissolving the tablet and injecting it. If they do this they will quickly go into withdrawal.

Because this drug has a great track record as an opioid addiction treatment, Pat Moore Foundation uses has a medically assisted Suboxone Detox right on our campus.

For the last number of years, admissions to alcohol-treatment programs have been falling at a rate of about 6% per year, and this has attributed to the overall drop in the number of addiction-treatment admissions. Although this is good news, it is being marred by the results of further investigations. It seems that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is reporting that drug rehabilitation admissions for methamphetamine abuse and addiction went from 21,000 to 116, 600 in a 10 year period…an obviously disturbing trend.

The news is mixed and for the laymen it might be misleading at best. This doesn’t mean that addiction to alcohol is going away or that alcohol is being consumed any less, mainly it means that alcohol is not the primary ‘drug of choice’ upon admission. “Drug of Choice” simply means that upon admission to a detox center the patient declares a particular drug as to why they are being admitted.



Recovery Rob is a 47-year-old man who has more than eighteen years of sobriety, whose drugs of choice at one time were alcohol and drugs, and he has worked in and around the field of addiction for more than 20 years. Recovery Rob is a professional writer who has published two novels and is currently working on his third. He has been writing and working as Pat Moore Foundation’s premiere blogger and content writer, which helps keeps Pat Moore Foundation’s addiction and recovery blog top-rated.