Suboxone is a painkiller which when administered in low dosages, is used to treat mild to moderate pain. But if you’re in the rehab business, you might ask “What is Suboxone doing here in a treatment center?”

There are two reasons to feature Suboxone on our web pages. The first is obvious as Suboxone is defined as an addictive substance, which individuals are known to become dependent on.

The second reason may seem strange at first, but healthcare and addiction experts agree that because Suboxone is a partial agonist, it works well toward relieving withdrawal symptoms from stronger opioids such as heroin.

Suboxone is also a safer and more effective treatment than methadone for heroin use. This is because Suboxone is not nearly as addictive or as powerful a drug as methadone.

Suboxone, in this application, reverses the effects of narcotics. Of course, it is administered to a user along with lifestyle change, counseling and other interventions, all of which is supervised by a healthcare professional, addictions expert or a doctor.



The most common way to administer Suboxone is through Suboxone strips. Sometimes called Suboxone film, the strip (or film) is administered sublingually, which means put under the tongue and left to dissolve.

The film should not be cut, chewed or swallowed.

Sometimes Suboxone strips are placed on the inside of the left or right cheek. There, it is left to dissolve in the same manner as under the tongue.

In both cases, the strip has to be thoroughly dissolved or the drug may not have its required effect.

Before Suboxone film, patients would take the drug in pill form, which does not offer as discreet a process as the film. In other cases, Suboxone had to be administered intravenously (which is done in emergency cases). However, that was found to be inconvenient as intravenous injections of Suboxone meant a trip to the doctor’s office or the rehabilitation center.



Even with its ability to reverse the effects of narcotics, Suboxone isn’t a drug to take lightly. It can also be very addictive.

It’s for this reason that the Suboxone warning signs and withdrawals are usually regarded as medical concerns.

Suboxone can slow down or stop a user’s breathing, and one should avoid taking doses larger than prescribed.

Medical experts also warn to not take antidepressants, sedatives, other narcotic painkillers, sleeping pills or tranquilizers while using Suboxone.

Suboxone can also cause lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.

Other side effects caused by Suboxone include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

More serious side effects include:

  • Itching, skin rash, or hives
  • Difficulty breathing or slowed breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Upset stomach
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes



The Suboxone high, like most opioids, relieves pain. The Suboxone high also causes elation in the user. They feel happy and bright, unaware usually that these effects are coming from the drug.

At the same time, the Suboxone low can be difficult, as well as life threatening. Never attempt to end your addiction to Suboxone by yourself. Always have a doctor or trained medical personnel on hand as you detox from Suboxone.

If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with Suboxone, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.