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The National Alliance of Advocates
for Buprenorphine Treatment

Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®3, Zubsolv®4, Bunavail™5, Probuphine®6) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician's office.1 Buprenorphine can be dispensed for take-home use, by prescription.1 This, in addition to the pharmacological and safety profile of buprenorphine, makes it an attractive treatment for patients addicted to opioids.2

Patient Stories

Below are stories from Buprenorphine Treatment patients

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Mike's Story

BeachMeet Mike. An average middle-class American, raised and living in the heartland. A business owner, loving husband, father and grandfather, Mike was very active in his family's lives until he hurt himself at work, and slowly became addicted to the painkillers his doctor prescribed.
His story resonates with many other people who found themselves addicted to prescription painkillers.
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Beach"Not only has Suboxone given me another chance at life, it has given my kids their daddy back!"*


trees"They started me on 8mg. of Suboxone and about an hour later they gave me another 8mg. I was feeling about as normal as I could feel..."*


"I am approaching 3 months on Suboxone, and I have my life back."*


"It continually blows my mind that getting heroin is easier than getting Suboxone. It's almost as though the regulations on Suboxone are stacked in favor of doing what's wrong instead of what's right.*


"I have to say that this is the first time in many years that I am hopeful of being drug free. I believe by my experience so far, that through counseling and gradual tapering of the Suboxone, I will finally be free of the narcotics forever."*


"After 2 days of being on Suboxone® I laughed. I could not believe that I had laughed and meant it. I felt it, I was living again. I began feeling all sorts of feelings. I felt like I was myself again."*


Keith's Dog"I would say if you are addicted to opiates to please give Suboxone a try – if you have tried every other way and failed first. Bupe isn't for everyone but it works wonders for me..."*


"I've realized that even though Suboxone has given me a new chance and I'm on the right path for recovery, there are some things my addiction has changed forever."*


"...It helped me a lot, but without the Suboxone I don't think I would have made it."*


"I am proud to report that due to my sobriety my mother was inspired to start Suboxone treatment..."*


"My only regret with Suboxone is that I didn't try it sooner. My advice to anyone that is struggling with an addiction is to give it a try. I also believe that therapy is a very important part of recovery."*


"I am grateful to God for Suboxone, and for leading me to a doctor who is truly qualified..."*



"This was the first day on the road to the rest of a long healthy life. Suboxone® has helped me in ways I just can't believe. I never thought I could feel "normal" again..."*


*(The people in the photos are models and NOT the subjects
  of the stories and NOT far as we know)

The Purpose of Buprenorphine Treatment:

To suppress the debilitating symptoms of cravings and withdrawal, enabling the patient to engage in therapy, counseling and support, so they can implement positive long-term changes in their lives which develops into the new healthy patterns of behavior necessary to achieve sustained addiction remission. - explain -

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment is a non-profit organization charged with the mission to:

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA Talk Paper, T0238, October 8, 2002, Subutex and Suboxone approved to treat opiate dependence.
  2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 40. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 04-3939. Rockville, Md: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004.
  3. Subutex Discontinued in the US market in late 2011.
  4. Zubsolv (bup/nx sublingual tablet) FDA approved 7/3/2013 see buprenorphine pipeline graphic -in pharmacies now.
  5. Bunavail (bup/nx bucal film) FDA approved 6/6/2014 see buprenorphine pipeline graphic -in pharmacies now.
  6. Probuphine FDA approved 5/26/2016 - FDA Probuphine press release