The word is out! There’s a new and improved way to treat opioid use disorder. Scientists call it “the gold standard” in opioid addiction treatment. The World Health Organization considers it an “essential medicine” in the fight against opioid abuse. It’s Suboxone. And it not only gets the opioid addict off the streets, but it keeps them off the streets!

It also gives those who suffer from opioid use disorder a whole new lease on life. That’s right. Studies show that Suboxone and other Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) options are far better at keeping people in treatment than abstinence-based recovery programs. And sticking with treatment is the first step into realizing a whole new life.

Suboxone also saves lives. In fact, no less an authority than the British Medical Journal cites research that says Suboxone and other MAT medicines reduce one’s risk of fatal opioid overdose by an astonishing 50%. No one needs to point to America’s astronomical opioid overdose death rate to realize the importance of such a significant reduction.

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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a tightly-regulated, FDA-approved medicine designed and developed to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). Like other advanced opioid addiction treatment options, Suboxone is a key component of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs. Unlike other advanced medicinal options, Suboxone also prevents the opioid user from experiencing the effects of opioids. This unique characteristic substantially helps prevent opioid misuse and abuse.

Suboxone is a combination medicine containing buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is extensively used in MAT programs to help people quit heroin and other opiates. Like Suboxone, buprenorphine is tightly-regulated and approved by the FDA. And like Suboxone, it can only be administered by certified and accredited Opioid Treatment Providers (OTPs).
Naloxone is an opioid agonist. It both competes with and blocks the effects of other opioids, including buprenorphine. It also acts as an opioid deterrent. Combining buprenorphine and naloxone therefore significantly negates any opioid-related effects of the former, as well as any outside opiates. The combination also significantly decreases the chances of opioid relapse and/or overdose.

Myths About Suboxone

Contrary to popular belief, Suboxone isn’t a replacement drug; it’s a treatment drug. And it serves as an essential component of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs. MAT combines advanced addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy and comprehensive counseling in order to provide a holistic approach to healing and recovery. Suboxone is one the most advanced of those medications.

Taken as prescribed, Suboxone is not only safe, but it’s also effective in treating opioid dependency. In fact, scientists have found Suboxone to be significantly more effective than abstinence-based addiction treatment programs. That’s why it’s considered the gold standard in care, as well as an essential medicine. That’s also why more and more physicians are joining addiction treatment professionals in helping to dispel any stigma associated with Suboxone and other MAT options. These are “well- established methods,” writes the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s imperative that they be implemented.

ALEF and Suboxone

ALEF is proud to be at the forefront of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). And we’re excited to be a licensed prescriber of Suboxone. As a certified Opioid Treatment Provider (OTP), we believe it’s essential to provide the most advanced medicines available. And that each and every one of those medicines is evidence-backed before prescribing.

We did our research. We’ve seen the extensive and rigorous testing Suboxone had to go through before approval. We’ve also seen the results of those extensive and rigorous tests. That’s why we offer Suboxone as an addiction treatment option in our MAT program. It’s also why we know Suboxone can be effective.

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