Suboxone Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

Suboxone Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

Suboxone is a tricky drug, in many ways it is a double edged sword. On one hand, suboxone is used as a medication to treat addiction of opioids, with great results! On the other hand, there is still a high risk for misuse and addiction. 

Suboxone is a medication commonly prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for opioid addiction. Comprising two key ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone plays a crucial role in managing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings, thereby supporting individuals on their journey to recovery.

Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, offers a safer alternative to full agonists like heroin and oxycodone by producing a milder effect on the opioid receptors in the brain. Naloxone, on the other hand, acts as an opioid antagonist, designed to block the effects of opioids in the system, particularly in instances of misuse.

We understand the danger of suboxone addiction at The Encino Recovery & Detox Center. Our trained team offers monitored medical detox and a residential recovery program in Los Angeles with dual diagnosis therapy to aid in overcoming suboxone abuse.

Understanding Suboxone Addiction

Explanation of Suboxone

Suboxone combines buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist that mitigates withdrawal symptoms and cravings, with naloxone, an opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioids in the system.

This combination is designed to deter misuse while providing an effective treatment solution for opioid addiction. By partially activating opioid receptors, buprenorphine reduces withdrawal discomfort and cravings without producing the euphoria associated with opioid abuse.

Naloxone ensures that if the medication is misused (e.g., by injection), the individual will not experience the desired opioid effect, acting as a safeguard against misuse.

How Suboxone Addiction Develops: Risk Factors and the Role of Dependency

Suboxone addiction can develop through prolonged use, misuse, or as a result of dependency.

Factors contributing to the risk of addiction include a history of substance abuse, incorrect use of the medication (such as taking higher doses than prescribed or using it in a manner not intended by the healthcare provider), and genetic or environmental vulnerabilities.

The Difference Between Dependency and Addiction with a Focus on Suboxone

It’s critical to distinguish between dependency and addiction, particularly in the context of Suboxone treatment. Dependency refers to a physical state where the body has adapted to the presence of a drug, leading to withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly stopped.

Addiction, however, encompasses a broader spectrum of behaviors, including the compulsive use of a drug despite negative consequences, a preoccupation with obtaining and using the drug, and the inability to control its use.

While dependency on Suboxone can be a natural response to long-term use, addiction involves a complex interplay of psychological, social, and environmental factors, underscoring the need for a comprehensive approach to treatment that addresses these underlying issues.

Signs and Symptoms of Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone consists of two elements: buprenorphine and naloxone. These are utilized to alleviate opioid cravings and control withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone shows excellent outcomes when used correctly under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Yet, addiction can result from prolonged use or improper use of the medication.

Our team at Encino understands the challenges in fighting suboxone addiction. Recognizing the symptoms of sub-abuse is important. Some common symptoms include: 


  • Memory loss 
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Sleep problems 
  • Fever or sweats
  • High risk of overdose death

Psychological & Behavioral

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (during crashes when the drug wears off)  
  • Social isolation
  • Neglecting responsibilities and obligations
  • Financial difficulties 
  • Strained relationships 
  • Legal troubles  

Treating Suboxone Addiction with The Encino Approach

The Encino understands the severity of a suboxone addiction. Our facility is a safe environment for detoxing and provides ongoing programs to support the recovery journey. 

Our team of compassionate medical professionals and licensed therapists will help you or a loved one through the entire process. The Encino provides comprehensive care at each step of the recovery journey to individuals with suboxone addiction. 


Supervised detox for suboxone addicts is recommended. The process can be discomforting, stressful and for some even dangerous. Common symptoms typically include:  

  • Muscle pain
  • Flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, runny nose, fever, chills) 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue or excessive sleeping
  • General feeling of discomfort 
  • Headache 

Inpatient Program 

Following detox, users enter into a residential treatment program. Our team provides a variety of treatments and teaches healthy relaxation strategies to avoid using in the first place or relapse. 

 The following is a short list of treatment approaches within our inpatient treatment program:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy Sessions 
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Somatic Experiencing and Body Work
  • Medication Therapy
  • Holistic activities in group and individual settings (yoga, meditation, art therapy) 

Dual Diagnosis Therapy

Many suboxone addicts begin to help with an addiction to opioids. Treating the underlying cause of the addiction such as trauma or other mental health problems is so important to ensure long-lasting recovery. 

Our treatment approach at The Encino is guided by the understanding that users take drugs to cope with pain, stress, trauma and mental health problems. We treat both the addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders to support a wholesome healing experience. 

This may include a combination of therapeutic approaches, medication management and psychoeducation to address specific needs of each individual. 

Recovery is Possible with The Encino 

Starting the journey to overcome suboxone addiction is not easy, but it’s possible. Give yourself a life free of addiction so you can reconnect with family, community and yourself.

At The Encino Recovery & Detox Center, we welcome your initial step with compassion, empathy, and a non-judgemental attitude, leading to a positive journey towards healing and recovery.

Insurance and Payment Options:

Understanding the financial aspects of treatment is crucial. The Encino Recovery and Detox Center accepts most major insurance plans, and our admissions team works closely with you and your insurance provider to maximize your benefits while minimizing out-of-pocket costs. For those without insurance or needing additional financial assistance, we provide information on payment plans and other available options to ensure treatment is accessible to those in need.

Our Facilities


The seclusion, outdoor spaces, therapy space and privacy truly give this treatment center a spa-like appeal with private bedrooms for all.


The Encino Recovery and Detox Center is an amazing treatment center which leaves little to nothing to be desired.

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