Suboxone vs. Abstinence

For the first couple of years, a person who is abstinent from heroin or any other opioids doesn’t feel normal at all. They experience ongoing cravings, anxiety, agitation, concentration lapses, and depression. Occasionally, these symptoms are accompanied with diarrhea, leg cramps, sweating, and sleep disturbances. That is why abstinence is so difficult to maintain and up to 97% of patients will relapse within a year of inpatient detox. Your brain will try everything to trick you into a relapse including vivid dreams of getting high. It takes years for your brain to return to a functional state where opioids and other receptors are near normal.

Medication-Assisted Treatment with Suboxone provides stability after abstinence and could potentially avoid the symptoms associated with abstinence. Suboxone won’t make you high and typically helps you feel normal. You can be maintained on it or begin a slow detox so you can be off of it and still feel normal.

There are no quick fixes or magic pills when it comes to treating opioid addiction. A comprehensive approach to emphasizing optimal function is my treatment philosophy. I will be happy to discuss this with you when we meet.