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Isn’t using Suboxone just trading one addiction for another?


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Dee Bonney M.D. - Greenwood Suboxone Doctor
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Isn’t using Suboxone just trading one addiction for another?

This is a great question, and one I get asked frequently. To answer this question fairly, let’s start with a definition of addiction, which we see occurring in people in the habit of using heroin or oxycodone. Addiction is a behavior in which a person requires increasing higher doses of a substance over time to satisfy cravings, prevent withdrawal and it involves obsessive thoughts about the substance and continued use despite negative consequences with family, friends, or employers. Addictive behavior is what ruins the life of the heroin addict.

If needing a medication every day were what constituted addiction, then we would see addictive behavior being born from insulin use and thyroid supplementation. However, clearly that is not the case. These substances are not addictive like nicotine, alcohol, heroin and oxycodone.

Dependence, on the other hand, is different from addiction. Dependence on a substance means that use must continue, or illness can result. Suboxone, used to treat opiate use disorders such as heroin and oxycodone addiction, fits into this category. People using this tool are dependent on it to feel well. But, they do not display those behaviors of addiction that they had when they were seeking their drug of choice, such as heroin.

For a more detailed summary on how Suboxone works, see this blog post here.

Suboxone works to stabilize the brain’s ability to make dopamine, a reward neurotransmitter. When a person has used opiates such as heroin or oxycodone for an extended period of time, the shift in brain chemistry makes it impossible for the brain to manufacture dopamine without the use of an opiate. Suboxone works in this way so the person who suffers from addiction to heroin is able to have normal levels of dopamine in the brain, so he or she is not feeling high, but also not feeling sick.

At Alpha Omega Elevation, our goal is to utilize medication to help our clients feel normal, so we can then work with them in group counseling to get to the heart of the problems that lead to addiction in the first place. If you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid or alcohol addiction, please contact us at 317-300-4091. We can frequently offer same-day or next day appointments.