What are the advantages of taking Suboxone over methadone maintenance?
Until buprenorphine was developed, people with opioid addiction had only one option to treat their problem which was to take methadone prescribed at drug treatment clinics.
Most people worry about withdrawal, but the problem is more complicated. It is well known that stopping buprenorphine is risky because relapse into opioid addiction is common. The risk of overdose during suboxone withdrawal is higher than usual because the buprenorphine is still in your system, so it blocks other opioids, but it is also slowly decreasing, so that blockades diminishes over a period of several days.