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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a detox medication that is used to treat opiate addiction. It is made of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid, similar to codeine and heroin, but it does not produce intense euphoric feelings like other opioids. Part of the medication, naloxone’s function is to block the effects of opioids. The balance of the buprenorphine and the naloxone allows opiate addicts to not experience a high but also avoid the pain of withdrawals.

Suboxone has a lower potential for abuse compared to methadone. It is taken orally and dissolves on the tongue. When it dissolves, the buprenorphine is absorbed right away and the naloxone stays on the tongue and enters the body in small doses. If a large quantity of naloxone enters the body, withdrawal symptoms and pains will be felt immediately.

Side Effects of Heroin Withdrawal

Addiction to heroin develops quickly and a tolerance is formed. Once addicted, withdrawal symptoms will appear when heroin use has stopped. Common side effects of heroin withdrawal are:

  • Muscle and bone aches, muscle spasms, and cold sweats
  • Yawning and sneezing
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Compulsive scratching
  • Side Effects of Suboxone

When heroin addicts first transition from heroin use to suboxone, mild side effects are normal. Common side effects of suboxone are:

  • Headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Stomach pain, nausea, and constipation
  • Sweating

Benefits of Suboxone

Although suboxone comes with its own side effects, there are also benefits to detoxing off of heroin with the use of suboxone. It is an effective maintenance program as a replacement to heroin. Suboxone is not addictive and it is difficult to abuse. It not only decreases heroin withdrawal symptoms but it also reduces cravings for opiates. Other benefits of suboxone as a detox medication are:

  • Comfortability and convenience-there is no need to go to heroin detox clinics
  • Accessibility-suboxone can be bought at a pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor
  • Self Administration-suboxone can be taken in privacy

Suboxone helps break the heroin addiction much more easily than quitting cold turkey. The purpose of suboxone detox therapy is to safely and quickly eliminate the use of heroin by replacing it with suboxone. Suboxone is not meant to be taken for long term use. It is extremely effective in controlling cravings for opiates and reducing withdrawal symptoms.

Once the addict has been stabilized on a dose of suboxone, tapering off of suboxone begins slowly. The milligram is normally lowered every three or four days. Residential Treatment Centers do specialize in detoxification and can offer other supports once detox is complete. There are benefits from group therapy, individual therapy, and support from peers in a treatment center setting.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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