Methadone vs. Suboxone – Which One is Better, and Why?
First, some clarity on what is considered to be an “Opioid”:
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, Opana, roxy’s, and many others.
Is Suboxone better than Methadone for People in Addiction Recovery?
According to DrugAbuse.com, Suboxone is a much better alternative to Methadone for opioid recovery. It’s not theory, it’s pure science. Read the full article and you’ll see why Suboxone is the clear choice for anyone fighting addiction who’s looking to maintain a better life, without suffering from opioid withdrawals and cravings.
According to Wikipedia, Methadone was developed in 1937 in Germany by scientists working for I.G. Farbenindustrie AG at the Farbwerke Hoechst who were looking for a synthetic opioid that could be created with readily available precursors, to solve Germany’s opium shortage problem. On September 11, 1941 Bockmühl and Ehrhart filed an application for a patent for a synthetic substance they called Hoechst 10820 or Polamidon (a name still in regular use in Germany) and whose structure had only slight relation to morphine or the opiate alkaloids. (Bockmühl and Ehrhart, 1949) It was brought to market in 1943 and was widely used by the German army during WWII.
Suboxone was created and initially marketed in the 1980’s by Reckitt Benckiser, a British bases consumer health products company, Suboxone began as a pain reliever for treating severe, chronic pain. In very small doses it proved to more effective than morphine. Its reason for success is that it doesn’t give the patient or user the euphoric feeling that other opioids give. (Source: patmoorefoundation)
Suboxone is 50 Years Newer than Methadone – Which One Would You Choose?
If one thing has changed in the last 100 years, it’s medicine. Modern medicine technology has made it possible for chemists to “engineer” drugs for a specific purpose. That’s important to know since so many drugs are being used not for their intended purpose, but because of unintended side-effects they produced.
A great example of this is Finasteride. Finasteride was intended to be used for reducing the size of an enlarged prostate. The side-effect of Finasteride is that it grows hair on the crown portion of the scalp. Thus, it was “re-marketed” as a hair loss prevention drug under the name Rogaine, as well as many other brand-names.
Who can Prescribe Suboxone?
Only doctor’s with an “X-DEA License” can prescribe Suboxone. Doctor’s are given special training and an “X” number that allows them to prescribe opioids for addiction recovery.
Why You Should Transition from Methadone to Suboxone
If you or someone you know is currently in a Methadone program, Nashville Recovery can help with the transition to Suboxone. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Monthly Appointments – Suboxone can be prescribed monthly, which can save a LOT of time with fewer office visits.
- One-on-One Therapy – Nashville Recovery offers free weekly therapy to monthly-paying patients. Therapy and medication together are a powerful solution for addiction recovery.
- Save Money – Pay one low monthly fee and get your doctor’s visit and up to four therapy visits.
- Free Medicine – Nashville Recovery can get two weeks of free medicine for most new patients. (details)
- Friendly, Caring Staff – Nashville Recovery prides itself on friendly, professional service. But don’t take our word for it, read Nashville Recovery’s customer reviews.
- Daily Follow-Up – We love our patients, and that’s why we make the effort to reach out to them on a daily basis. This helps avoid relapse, and keeps everyone focused on the primary goal – Staying Clean!
Book your Suboxone therapy appointment now, and say goodbye to methadone for good.
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