How Does Suboxone Work?

Buprenorphine/Naloxone (active ingredients in Suboxone) is a powerful tool in addiction treatment.

  • Buprenorphine is a medication used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It is a partial agonist that plays a crucial role in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs, offering individuals a safer and more controlled way to manage opioid withdrawal and cravings.
  • Buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid that interacts with the same receptors in the brain as other opioids. However, it’s unique in that it’s a partial agonist, meaning it binds to these receptors but activates them only partially. This results in several significant advantages in the context of addiction treatment.
  • Buprenorphine, as a partial agonist, provides a milder, more controlled effect compared to full agonists like heroin. This means it reduces opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing the intense euphoria associated with opioids. This makes it an effective tool for opioid detoxification and maintenance therapy.
  • Because buprenorphine’s effects plateau, even when taken in larger amounts, it has a lower risk of overdose compared to full agonists. This is a crucial safety feature for individuals seeking recovery.
  • Buprenorphine helps individuals in recovery by suppressing opioid cravings. This allows individuals to focus on their treatment and regain stability in their lives.
  • Buprenorphine’s effects can last for 24 to 72 hours, depending on the formulation, reducing the need for frequent dosing and helping to stabilize patients in recovery.
  • Buprenorphine is most effective when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling, therapy, and support. This combination addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.
  • Buprenorphine can be used to taper off opioids slowly, making it easier for individuals to reduce their dependence over time.

Buprenorphine is a valuable tool in the treatment of opioid addiction, offering a safer and more controlled way to manage withdrawal and cravings. As a partial agonist, it plays a critical role in medication-assisted treatment programs, providing hope and support to those seeking recovery from opioid dependence.



What makes JADE Wellness Center’s Suboxone Program unique? JADE Wellness Center takes the time to get to know the individual entering treatment. Each and every client wishing to enter the Suboxone program shall be evaluated by a licensed clinician who will determine appropriateness for said medication.


Following therapeutic evaluation the individual will be scheduled for an appointment with a JADE physician and registered nurse. All JADE medical staff are well versed and specialize in addiction treatment. JADE Wellness Center works with each new client individually to find the appropriate medication and dose that best works for them. we do not believe in one-size-fits-all. JADE Wellness Center performs a history and physical on all new patients.


JADE Wellness Center understands each individuals relationship with medication assisted treatment shall vary. That is why JADE offers numerous levels of care to meet you where you are at.  There is no timeframe for how long someone should be on Suboxone and our team will work cooperatively with you to meet your own personal identified treatment goals which include short-term Suboxone detoxification services and long-term Suboxone maintenance treatment.

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