Are You Considered Clean on Suboxone? Especially, in Narcotics Anonymous?

Let the debate begin, right?

The question, “are you considered clean while taking a Suboxone in Narcotics Anonymous?” Has been a long-fueled debate. Thankfully, the world’s of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous has changed over the last 15 years, especially since Suboxone has become so mainstream in recovery, especially in the last 5-6 years.

So, if wondering if you’re considered clean on Suboxone in Narcotics Anonymous, this just might put it to rest once and for good.

First, Suboxone is a medical treatment. It is a doctor-assisted program that requires a prescription. What you do medically is between you and your doctor, not you and you Narcotics Anonymous group.

Second, if there was a chemical solution for alcoholism, do you think people might be taking it, as well as going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings? The answer is undoubtedly “yes”.

Not everyone’s chemical makeup is the same. To expect identical results from millions of chemically-different people would be ridiculous.

Suboxone is a tool to aide people in recovery from narcotic addiction. If Suboxone, or any other tool for that matter keeps you from falling asleep at the wheel, missing work, spending time with your family, being a good parent, and can help you be a responsible member of society, then use it. For those that’d not need it, ourbhats are off to you.

Recovery is a personal choice, and no two roads are the same. If your road includes Suboxone to keep you clean, then it’s no one else’s business but yours.


  1. Ben R on October 29, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    I have been on a low dose of suboxone for 16 years & it has saved my life – my relationship with family, everyday productivity , and spiritual principles are nothing short of miraculous – my medical treatment is not up for debate- please be kind and” don’t criticize what you can’t understand “ – welcome to the 21st century

    • Andrew Stephen on October 29, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      I’m right there with you brother. Congratulations on living a good life as a result of great recovery!

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