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Suboxone Addiction Treatment

Find a Suboxone addiction treatment and rehab program that matches your recovery goals.

What is Suboxone?

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new medication for use in treating opioid addiction known as Suboxone in 2002. For many years prior, doctors and treatment professionals had used Subutex, a similar drug that contained buprenorphine, to treat opioid addiction and cravings. Since buprenorphine is a “partial opioid agonist.” Being an opioid agonist means that it is an opioid and works on the opioid receptors in the brain, like heroin or morphine, but that it typically doesn’t produce the same “high” and has a “ceiling effect,” or a point at which taking more of the drug does not produce any increase in effects.


Suboxone was introduced as a “safe alternative” to Subutex, which was commonly abused due to its opiate-like effects. Suboxone contains the same active ingredient buprenorphine along with naloxone, a drug that blocks the “high” of opiates. Many believed that this new formulation would provide effective treatment for opioid addiction while minimizing the risk of abuse of the medication and addiction. Suboxone is currently available in sublingual strips or pills that are meant to dissolve under the tongue.

Suboxone Addiction Treatment Programs

Suboxone Inpatient Treatment

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After completing medical detox, the first step in Suboxone addiction treatment is to enter an inpatient recovery program. There are a variety of programs and services during these early phases of therapy to help the individual achieve the highest possible level of success.

Suboxone Intensive Outpatient Treatment

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Long-term treatment is linked to progress in recovery. That’s part of why Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides intensive outpatient treatment to patients who complete Suboxone Residential Drug Rehab or Inpatient (Partial Hospitalization) Drug Rehab Successfully. Individuals in this program have flexibility for scheduling around work and other daily responsibilities.

Long-Term Addiction Treatment

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Outpatient drug rehab or aftercare treatment is offered to anyone that meets specific criteria. For more information regarding long-term addiction treatment call us today.

Anti-Craving Treatment Medication

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To help addicts manage cravings and prevent relapse, we offer non-addictive anti-craving medications to patients through the early stages of the recovery process in our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program.

Addictive Effects of Suboxone

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Withdrawal from Suboxone can be unpleasant in many of the same ways as withdrawal from other opiates. Long-time users may experience nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and cramps, difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, cravings, chills and sweats, restlessness, and other uncomfortable side effects when they abruptly quit taking the drug. Suboxone withdrawal, unlike withdrawal from other opiates, is prolonged and may last several weeks to a month. For long-term users of Suboxone, one of the significant risks is that when they attempt to stop using the drug, they may experience cravings for other opiates such as heroin. It is essential that individuals who wish to quit using Suboxone seek professional medical detox and drug treatment to avoid a relapse into opiate use.

Suboxone Detox & Withdrawal

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Heroin users feel obliged to continue using it due to the overwhelming physical symptoms that occur when they stop. These withdrawal symptoms can include intense cravings for heroin, profuse sweating, severe muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, cramping, crying, insomnia, chills, cold sweats, diarrhea, fever, and runny nose. Individuals suffering from withdrawal symptoms following long-term heroin use are at risk for serious medical problems, including dehydration caused by excessive loss of fluid. Since cravings are so intense and withdrawal symptoms are so uncomfortable during this period, it is necessary that users seek supervised medical detox when quitting heroin use. Often during the detox process medications such as Ativan or Methadone can be used to alleviate the side effects.

Effects of Suboxone

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Even though Suboxone contains naloxone, it can still lead to abuse. Users may misuse their prescription by taking more than the prescribed dose, injecting or snorting it (depending on the formulation), or alternating Suboxone use with the use of other opiates such as heroin or OxyContin. When people mix Suboxone with other drugs, like benzodiazepines such or even with alcohol, it can increase the effects of both substances and lead to dangerous side effects. These side effects can be life-changing. Some of these include overdoses, impaired judgment, and damage to many of the body’s major organ systems, including the central nervous system.

Suboxone Treatment & Rehab

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While Suboxone can be very beneficial in the short-term, long-term Suboxone use often leads to the very same dependence and addiction meant to treat. Fortunately, it is possible to safely quit using Suboxone and live a life free of substance dependence. Often, long-term users require a medical detox to manage the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, followed by opiate addiction treatment to address underlying causes of drug dependence and help addicts achieve long-term recovery. 


Our Suboxone Addiction Treatment Center

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we offer Suboxone addiction treatment for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Whether you began using Suboxone or Methadone to quit another opiate or abused it recreationally, we provide comprehensive treatment to give you the best foundation for long-term sobriety and success.

Treating Suboxone addiction involves weekly individual therapy, five days a week of group therapy, medication management, relapse prevention, vocational support, relationship therapy, trauma and grief and loss resolution, and many other therapeutic modules. It is possible to live a productive life free of dependence on any substance, regardless of how you developed it. 

Will Insurance Cover Suboxone Rehab?

There are many Insurance plans on the market today and most if not all, of the costs of Suboxone addiction treatment. If you or a loved one is considering entering Suboxone addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about the treatment process, then we can be of assistance. Depending on what type of insurance plan you have, you might have full coverage for medical benefits, substance use and mental health with little to no money out of pocket. For more information about your insurance plan, call our trained and compassionate staff now. We are here to work with you and your family to answer questions about insurance, and otherwise assist you as you navigate this process toward freedom a new life free from addiction.

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