Suboxone is made up of naloxone and buprenorphine. It is typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawal in which it makes the withdrawal symptoms more tolerable, but Suboxone abuse and lead to a Suboxone addiction in itself.

Suboxone can be given to people to help them through detox when withdrawal symptoms are at their worst and most painful.

The chemical buprenorphine found in Suboxone belongs to a class of drugs that are known as mixed opioid agonist-antagonists. Buprenorphine helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping use of other opioids.

Yet at the same time, Suboxone with buprenorphine properties can be addictive, especially as the buprenorphine chemical in Suboxone replaces stronger opioids a user was once addicted to.

This is why naloxone is used in conjunction with buprenorphine, as it reverses the effects of opioids, including partial opioids such as buprenorphine itself.



If there’s one thing an addict knows to do, it’s to adapt to changes in their addiction. If they’ve become hooked on OxyContin, but have successfully beaten the drug with the aid of Suboxone, another addiction challenge may be on the horizon.

At this point, the user could be using Suboxone for illicit purposes, feeling Suboxone has now become a substitute for opioids. Sure, Suboxone doesn’t provide the same level of high that a true opioid does. But for many who are addicted, some relief is better than no relief at all.



After a while, Suboxone use can lead to a full-on addiction to the drug, especially once the drug is successfully substituted for another opioid.

Things such as not adhering to a prescribed schedule for recovery or taking more doses of Suboxone than what has been dictated to the user, are types of abuse.

Of course, if treated early enough, Suboxone addiction can be controlled with naloxone. This is because naloxone has no opioid properties. With naloxone, an addict can’t get high as they were able to partially do with Suboxone or fully do with their last opioid of choice which, ironically, Suboxone may have helped get them clear of.



It may be difficult to pinpoint signs of Suboxone addiction specifically since it is frequently used in conjunction with other opioids.

However, when a person is addicted to Suboxone, they may show major symptoms, especially if the person has run out and is beginning to go through withdrawal.

The following are some signs that may indicate you or your loved one has a problem:

  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Difficulty maintaining responsibilities such as work and family
  • Excessive sleepiness or difficulty sleeping
  • Lying and manipulating
  • Constantly thinking about obtaining and using the drug
  • Stealing money or drugs
  • Doctor shopping or frequent visits to the emergency room



Heavy intervention with naloxone is one of the more popular ways of ridding a user of their Suboxone abuse and addiction.

Of course, such a process needs to be closely observed by a medical professional, who in fact may have other processes in mind to combat this addiction.

Consult your doctor or a qualified addiction expert to find out what options they have for you or a loved one’s addiction to Suboxone.


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