Safe, Confidential, Home-Based Opiate Detoxification
What is SUBOXONE and how it works:
SUBOXONE is a medicine used to treat opioid dependence in the privacy of a physician's office.
Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in SUBOXONE. It has unique characteristics that may help reduce cravings and suppress withdrawal symptoms in order to reduce illicit opioid use and support staying in treatment. The way different opioids work can be explained using a lock and key example. Receptors are like a lock to a door. Only the right key will fit the lock, and only opioid-like drugs fit opioid receptors.
With a full opioid agonist, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone, or heroin, the key fits the lock, opens the door wide, and produces full opioid effects (which include feelings of euphoria, or being high, as well as slowed breathing)
With a partial opioid agonist, such as buprenorphine, the key fits the lock but doesn't open the door all the way, so it produces less than full opioid agonist effects and, depending on the dose, blocks other opioids from opening the door fully
An opioid antagonist, such as naloxone—another ingredient in SUBOXONE—fits in the lock, but doesn't open the door at all and, depending on the dose, blocks other opioids from opening the door.