Unfortunately, the addiction community and many people have developed certain myths about Suboxone. These myths have become another barrier to treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction.
Myth #1: You won’t recover if you use Suboxone.
The reality: it all depends on your definition of “recovery.” It’s just like patients with type I diabetes. They need insulin to treat their disease. Similarly, opiate addicts need Suboxone. Claiming that you don’t get better with Suboxone without knowing the facts is medically false.
Myth #2: People generally misuse Suboxone.
The truth is: like any other drug, Suboxone can also be misused. It contains a small amount of opioids and tends to activate receptors in the brain. That’s why some people think to use it without a doctor’s prescription, but they don’t know that it won’t have the same effects as other opioids and heroin.
Myth #3: Overdosing on Suboxone is as easy as overdosing on other opioids.
In reality: Suboxone is not a full opioid, so it is extremely difficult to overdose on Suboxone alone, compared to other opioids. It has a built-in “ceiling” effect, which means that it can control the activation of opioid receptors by Suboxone. Therefore, there is not much of a risk. However, when people use it with sedatives such as benzodiazepines, drugs that also slow down breathing, it can lead to overdose.
Wrapping it up!
There are many myths about using Suboxone, but the ones mentioned above are the most common. There is no wrong to say that these myths are the main obstacle to treating opiate addicts. Fortunately, people are changing, and our society’s thinking about these myths is slowing down. Today, people are more realistic and care about addicts. So they are no longer being seduced by these myths. Our mission is to eliminate misconceptions and myths in order to develop a healthy society.