Methadone and Suboxone
Treatment for a patient depends on many different things, including overall health. When you come to Recovery Care, you will participate in an intake assessment with our team. You will then meet with a physician. The physician will examine you and look to identify any complicating factors. This is to help identify what course of treatment will be most effective for you, as no two people are the same.Back to Opioid Addiction
Differences Between Methadone And Suboxone
The method in which the products are provided to a patient are very different.
Suboxone is dispensed as a small tablet, which is taken "sub-lingaully". This means that it is held under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. Methadone is poured into a cup, diluted with tang, and then orally ingested by the patient.
Suboxone is much harder to abuse than methadone so patients are allowed to take it home at the onset of their treatment. When methadone patients first start treatment, they need to travel to a clinic each day to take their medication under supervision. At later stages of their methadone treatment, patients may be dispensed take-home doses to allow them more flexibility in their schedules.
For people with heavy opiate habits and serious addiction, Suboxone cannot provide effective relief from withdrawal symptoms. Methadone works better for such individuals. Suboxone is generally less addictive than methadone. Withdrawal symptoms of a Suboxone detox are generally less severe than methadone detox and the risk of a fatal overdose on Suboxone is less than with methadone.