What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication that combines buprenorphine and naloxone, used to manage opioid dependence. It works by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, providing individuals with a tool to regain control over their lives and begin the journey of recovery.

How is Suboxone Administered?

Suboxone treatment offers several benefits and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in improving long-term recovery outcomes and supporting individuals on their path to sustained sobriety. Sublocade and Vivitrol are both long-acting medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction, but they have different methods of administration.


Sublocade is a monthly extended-release injection of buprenorphine. It comes in a prefilled syringe and is administered by the provider through an injection into the patient’s abdominal area, typically just under the skin. Once injected, Sublocade forms a solid depot, releasing a controlled amount of buprenorphine into the bloodstream over the course of a month. This eliminates the need for daily medication, providing continuous relief from withdrawal symptoms and cravings throughout the month.


Vivitrol, also known as naltrexone, is administered as a once-monthly extended-release injection as well. However, Vivitrol is different from Sublocade in that it is not an opioid-based medication. Instead, it is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids on the brain. This helps prevent relapse by reducing the pleasurable effects of opioids if a person were to use them. Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection, usually in the gluteal (buttocks) area, by the provider.

How Often Will You Need to Come In?

We will monitor you as needed and at the discretion of the provider. 

What to Expect from Your Appointment?

Starting Suboxone involves three phases: First, you’ll have an initial evaluation. Then, during the induction phase, you’ll begin taking the medication under medical supervision. After that, we’ll work together to find the right dosage in the stabilization phase. Throughout your journey, our healthcare team will closely support you in achieving and maintaining your recovery goals.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards lasting recovery with Suboxone, we’re here to help. Contact us at our Suboxone Line at 570-624-1202 to schedule your appointment and begin your journey towards a healthier, drug-free life.