The Use of Suboxone

Every addiction is unique, and it is important to choose a drug addiction treatment program that will meet your personality, needs, budget, and recovery goals. Unhealthy use of opiate and opioid drugs (such as heroin and prescription painkillers) are particularly difficult to overcome. A thorough review of recovery options can help you and your loved ones find the most effective treatment possible.

Opiate detox, inpatient opiate rehab, outpatient opiate drug treatment, and opiate medications like methadone and Suboxone are all options that may help recovery. Suboxone is the latest addition to the long list of available treatments for opiate drug treatment.

The Canyon offers a number of choices for drug addiction treatment, including Suboxone. If you have any questions about how we can help treat your drug addiction, contact us at The Canyon today.

What is Buprenorphine?

One of the newest treatments for opiate drug addiction is buprenorphine, which is the generic name for the name brand drug Suboxone or Subutex.

Sometimes known as“bupe,” this treatment for opiate drug addiction usually comes in pill form. These pills often come as sublingual tablets that are taken according to a personalized schedule created by you and your medical team at The Canyon.

Usually, patients who are addicted to heroin or opioid-based prescription painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, hydrocodone, and codeine, immediately stop taking the addictive drugupon entrance to drug treatment and begin to take Subutex and Suboxone instead.

If you have been addicted to these powerful drugs and the fear of withdrawal symptoms has kept you from recovery, Suboxone may offer a solution. The buprenorphine in these medications “tricks” the body into thinking that your drug of choice is present, thus allowing you to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. After you are stabilized, you continue drug treatment and slowly decrease your buprenorphine dosage until you are no longer dependent upon anything.

Pros and Cons of Suboxone Treatment

As with all medications, Suboxone drug treatment also has some disadvantages. It is still a medication and if you prefer to break free from any kind of addiction immediately, then Suboxone may not be the way to go.

It is true that you may not be completely Suboxone-free by the time you leave drug treatment, even if you opt for an inpatient drug rehab program.

You may need to continue your Suboxone prescription after you return home and continue to check in with a doctor regularly. Some people elect not to use Suboxone for this reason.

On the other hand, some initial studies on long-term use of Suboxone suggests that there are anti-depressant effects of the drug as well. The dosing schedule is also relatively easy to maintain as most don’t even have to take it every day. Additionally, you can’t abuse Suboxone, get high off of it or overdose on it like you can with some other opiate addiction maintenance or detox drugs, like methadone.

Suboxone Versus Methadone Maintenance

There are two choices in medical treatment for opiate addiction: methadone and buprenorphine. Both can be used in the short-term for opiate drug addiction treatment and detox, tapering off the dose over a period of time so that you remain as comfortable as possible until you are no longer physically addicted. Both are also used as a long-term form of addiction maintenance.

High-dose heroin or opiate prescription painkiller addictions will require methadone maintenance if medication is the chosen form of detox. Low-dose heroin and opioid-based drug addictions have the option of using Suboxone treatment instead.

A number of other factors, as well, will come into play in choosing your medical drug treatment. If you have questions about whether Suboxone or methadone may be options for you or your loved one, contact us at The Canyon today.

Rehab at The Canyon

The Canyon offers a number of opiate drug addiction treatment options including medical detox and Suboxone treatment. If you have questions about Suboxone or would like to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one specifically, contact us at The Canyon today.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team