Is Zubsolv Appropriate for Opiate Addiction?
Zubsolv is used as part of harm reduction therapy for those who are withdrawing or recovering from opioid addiction. While the concept of harm reduction has its opponents, the use of Zubsolv in conjunction with an individual’s program of recovery provides a more manageable path for the recovering addict and reduces the likelihood of relapse. Those who are opposed to harm reduction in the treatment of opiate addiction generally believe that any tolerance of behaviors associated with addiction – including substitute medications used in harm reduction and medical assisted therapy — sends a message of tacit agreement with drug use. However, those who favor harm reduction techniques recognize that the use of medication, counseling, and psychosocial support can help remove the addict from the spiral of active addiction and help addicts regain control over their lives and safety. To learn more about the practices of harm reduction, listen to our Zubsolv podcasts.
Is the Use of Zubsolv Simply Substituting One Drug for Another?
Zubsolv helps addicts who have been unsuccessful in quitting completely by providing just enough of the desired effect to dull the intense cravings that drive relapse. For heroin or narcotic pain medicine addicts, Zubsolv provides some ease without the euphoria of their previous drug of choice. Since the medication is safely manufactured and monitored by a medical professional, the addict can safely and effectively cope with withdrawal, subsequent cravings, and Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). PAWS occurs after a period of sobriety when the brain function begins to return to normal and often catches addicts in recovery off guard.
While substituting Zubsolv for the addict’s drug of choice may seem like a half-measure to harm reduction critics, it’s important to realize that addicts are not the only beneficiary of harm reduction techniques: Family members and the community benefit when addicts are out of active addiction and on a controlled and manageable path. Ongoing active addiction burdens all involved – loved ones, the medical system, the legal and penal system, and not least of all, the addict.
Some addicts will be able to achieve abstinence with the help of Zubsolv, while others will be able to at least reduce usage. Hear recovery stories that were made possible because of harm reduction techniques on our Zubsolv podcast.
Are Zubsolv and Suboxone the Same?
Zubsolv, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine and naloxone, so in terms of active ingredients, the two are essentially interchangeable. However, Zubsolv provides greater absorption and bioavailability, which in turn means that less of the active ingredients are needed per dose. In addition, Suboxone comes in a film, and Zubsolv comes in tablets (two strengths). Zubsolv may also be a more affordable option.
An appropriate dosage of Zubsolv eliminates opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings for 24 hours at a time.