Some people think that taking seboxone for addiction is switching one addiction for another. My daughter has been heroin-free for almost 5 months now thanks to that little orange, stop sign- shaped pill called suboxone. Yes, it has its side effects and yes she is addicted to suboxone however, her chances of being arrested, contracting a serious disease, or worse death is worth it...don't you think? I have my daughter back...a young, free spirited teen who has her whole life ahead of her. As a mother of a now, not-addicted-to-heroin teen, I feel very lucky.
Is buprenorphine [suboxone] treatment just switching one addiction for another? According to http://www.naabt.org/faqs.cfm the answer is No– and I have to agree.
Basically, taking suboxone is just one part of the treatment plan. Counseling is another very important part of treatment. I've found this to be true. The counseling actually helps with learning why you turn to drugs in the first place. The drug-seeking behavior ends, the compulsive need to use ends, the stealing and the lying end. The anxiety and intense sense of need end...because you're not waking up in the morning wondering where and how you'll get your next fix. If you take your suboxone as directed, get enough rest, eat healthy, exercise and seek counseling you will be successful. Yes, there will be times when you feel the need to go out and use...you may want to ask your Doctor about increasing your dose for a while until those feelings subside. Or, maybe you just want to go out and use because you really love heroin...talk to someone...just to help you get through it. If you're just kicking around on the internet to get information on how to stop...there are some really great websites and some wonderful people out there who know what you're going through and how to help. Don't be afraid to stop. If you're in pain find a Doctor who prescribes suboxone...your pain will immediately be gone!
Switching a life threatening drug like heroin for a very small, orange, stop sign-shaped pill...is not switching one drug for another. I call it smart...