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how do people use suboxone to control opiate addiction?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps.
Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Take the medication: Take the medication as directed. It is helpful to be treated with psychotherapy as well as the medication.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Two Models: There are two models when it comes to the treatment for opiate dependency. The first is called: abstinence based model which means the addict does not take any opiates and becomes involved in various other therapies, either inpatient or outpatient. The other is called: harm reduction model which utilizes replacement therapy with opiates like Suboxone until that can be gradually tapered off.

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Last updated Oct 13, 2017

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