While we are used to swallowing most of the medications we take, Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is different in that it is most often taken under the tongue (sublingually) or on the cheek (buccally).
Naltrexone can completely block the euphoric and pain-relieving effects of opioids, helping to deter opioid misuse by erasing the ability of a user to get high. It begins working slower and is longer lasting, so it won’t help in an overdose, but can help to manage an opioid use disorder. And, unlike naloxone, naltrexone can also be used in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.
From movies like Deadpool to standup to TV sitcoms, the image of someone chasing away traumatic memories with a drink, a snort, or a shot has become a staple of pop culture. The result is that most people know that drug use, especially compulsive drug use, is tied to trauma—but they may not understand why, or how serious this reality truly is.