Suboxone and Sober Living

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Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, which according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are defined as “drugs, substances, or chemicals with a moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.” It is an FDA approved medication specifically designed to treat individuals struggling with opioid dependence. It is made up of buprenorphine (another opioid) and naloxone. The combination of these two medications is effective in reducing active drug cravings and alleviating some of the adverse symptoms of opiate withdrawal. When used properly and under the direct supervision of a medical professional Suboxone can be extremely helpful to an individual’s recovery process. This medication typically comes in the form of dissolvable films and tablets intended to be ingested. 

Sober Living

Sober living facilities are optional residential group homes that serve as a transitional residence for individuals to continue implementing the information learned during treatment, prior to returning to their home environment. Sober living homes are generally less structured environments when compared with a residential substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. The purpose of sober living facilities is to provide its residents with the opportunity to continue to re-learn how to live independently while maintaining sobriety. Though the specific house rules of each sober living facility may differ slightly, all prohibit the possession and use of drugs and alcohol. 

Is Suboxone Allowed In Sober Living?

In short: yes. However, due to the fact that sober livings are intended as substance-free environments, for some individuals, the mere knowledge that medications are allowed on sober living grounds (regardless of the reason) can be dissuading. Nevertheless, there are certain medications that do not necessarily pose a threat to the substance-free environment of a sober living facility, one of which is Suboxone. In the official definition of recovery housing (e.g. sober livings) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) asserts “substance-free does not prohibit prescribed medications taken as directed by a licensed prescriber, such as pharmacotherapies specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of opioid use disorder as well as other medications with FDA-approved indications for the treatment of co-occurring disorders.” Hence, there are many options available for individuals that are prescribed Suboxone and wish to move into a sober living home. It is important to bear in mind that akin to participating in a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program that best suits one’s nuanced needs is essential, it is of equal importance to select a sober living facility that is able to accommodate one’s needs. 

For Information and Support 

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcome to contact anytime us via email at admissions@hhtxc.com.

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