Suboxone Therapy

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Almost one hundred years ago, prescription drugs like morphine were available at almost any general store. Women carried bottles of very addictive potent opiate based pain killers in their purse. Many individuals like Edgar Allen Poe died from such addictions. Since that time through various federal, state and local laws, drugs like morphine are now prescription drugs; however, this has not stopped the addiction to opiate based pain killers. Today’s society combats an ever increasing number of very deadly addictive drugs from designer drugs to narcotics to the less potent but equally destructive alcohol and marijuana. With all of these new and old drugs going in and out of vogue with addicts, it appears that the increase of misuse and…show more content…
This “wonder treatment” may not be so wonderful if truly examined more in depth (Maremmani & Gerra, 2010). Suboxone therapy is ineffective because it is trading one opiate for another opiate to treat or cure an addiction. Currently there are many pros and cons for therapists choosing this type of treatment. In order for the patient to agree to the right form of therapy, it is important that all the side effects and potential dangers be fully understood beyond just the potential benefits to Suboxone. Some of the potential downsides to this treatment could cause ongoing damage for the patient in the future. In October of 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Suboxone for the treatment in the United States of opiate addiction (Mintzer, 2007). It is a medication-assisted treatment; however it “does not require participation in a highly-regulated federal program such as a methadone clinic” (Stuckert, 2013). It does not cause the high or euphoria feeling associated with opiate dependency. In fact many patients that have taken the treatment have said that they have felt little more than having more energy and no real high at all (Thompson-Gargano, 2004). Furthermore, it creates a sense of normalcy in the patient due to lack of the high-low rollercoaster ride of addiction as well as the withdrawals associated.
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