Suboxone works. I personally have taken it and SUCCEDED in putting opiates OUT of my life for good.
According to WHO’s 2010 World Health Report 12.8-21.9 MILLION people globally abused opioids in the past year. That same report for the year 2014 suggests 28.6-32 MILLION abusers worldwide. That’s an increase of 15.8-10.1 MILLION PEOPLE in just a four year period.
The trend is obvious and staggering at best. Addiction is rising in the opioid category. Not just locally either. These are WORLDWIDE numbers. Seeing that a problem exists is only the first step. I’ll use a very simple analogy for problem solving. If you are driving down the road and your fuel light chimes on, you stop to get gas. This is a very simple problem with an obvious solution. You first identify there is a problem. Your vehicle beeped at you so you looked at the gauge. You then noticed the gauge is reading low. In your mind you decide to find a service station and proceed to pay and receive fuel. PROBLEM SOLVED. Using the same method I would suggest that the numbers afore mentioned are the “FUEL CHIME” for our society. If we don’t find a “service station” soon we will ALL be walking out in the cold VERY soon.
The good news is that there are more and more “Service Stations” around that provide the “Fuel” for our “Vehicle.” The addict is the “Vehicle,” the “Service Station” is a clinical setting making the “Fuel” a more and more popular drug called “SUBOXONE.” Suboxone is a registered trademark of Indivior UK Limited.
Now, for those not educated in the ways of opiate and or opioid addiction, (more on the difference between the two in a later article,) Suboxone is actually a combination of two drugs into one. Buprenorphine and Naloxone. According to Wikipedia, Buprenorphine is a semisynthetic opioid derivative of Thebaine (paramorphine.) It is a mixed partial agonist opioid receptor modulator that is used to treat opioid addiction in higher dosages, to control moderate acute pain in non-opioid-tolerant individuals in lower dosages and to control moderate chronic pain in even smaller doses. Mouthful eh? Basically what I’ve been able to gather with my personal research and experience is that Buprenorphine is very similar to, a cousin you could say, to morphine and or codeine. Both VERY strong pain killers and have also HIGHLY addictive tendencies.
Naloxone, according to Wikipedia, also known as Narcan among other names, is a medication used to reverse the effects of opioids especially in overdose. Naloxone may be combined within the same pill as an opioid to decrease the risk of misuse. Naloxone separately is well known more recently as Narcan which can be prescribed for any addicts or any family members of addicts at risk of overdose.
The two combined Buprenorphine and Naloxone in a 4:1 ratio, create a very powerful OST or OPIOD SUBSTITUTION THERAPY. This is a medical protocol in which a patient can pursue a physician accredited with a special qualification for prescribing certain CLASS III and CLASS IV drugs. The patient can them come up with a plan for a MAT or a MEDICALLY ASSISTED THERAPY plan. This usually involves the prescribing physician and a LADC or LICENSED ALCOHOL and DRUG COUNSLER at least. Some physician’s require 12 step meeting attendance as well as family and or couples therapy. Usually the LADC and physician with patient decide which and how many parts the MAT will consist of. Each is tailored and customized to fit patient dependent on each unique circumstance. One study found that
Outcomes at 12 Months for 382 Program Patients
Table. Outcomes at 12 Months for 382 Program Patients
|Outcome||Patients, No. (%)|
|Successful treatment||196 (51.3)|
|Unsuccessful treatment||162 (42.4)|
|Voluntary transfer to methadone program||24 (6.3)|
As you can see from this one study the success rate IS higher then the failure rate. I know that the numbers are NOT as promising as we would hope for them to be, but SUCCESS IS STILL SUCCESS!!
In conclusion, Suboxone is really one of the only options for heroin\opioid dependency issues. Methadone is another option, but seems to be dated severely. With addiction rising globally we can only hope to see these success rates climb and the newly addicted rates lower. Seems to me that other then success with Suboxone, Jail, or DEATH are the only options left.
If you or someone that you Love are struggling with addiction help is out there. Don’t give up. Ask for help. Life is too short. Addicts lives CAN CHANGE.