Clean Enough, Chapt 3; Primer on Buprenorphine part 2

Physical dependence vs. addiction Tolerance and withdrawal are signs of ‘physical dependence’ on a substance.  Addiction, on the other hand, is a complicated term that has different meanings in different contexts, but generally refers to an obsession or attachment to a behavior, person, or substance.  Many people mistakenly consider physical Read more…

Physical Dependence vs. Addiction in Chronic Pain Patients

A question from a reader about taking Suboxone for chronic pain, and about physical dependence vs. addiction: Thanks for the web page. It gave me a lot of information that I had been searching for. Most of your blog deals with addiction. Will Suboxone work for dependence? I have been Read more…

It's the Paradigm, Silly!

I talk quite a bit about the letters from ‘flamers’, but don’t often mention the messages of support from grateful people on Suboxone, and the nice comments from my patients.  I enjoy speaking to patients on Suboxone about the things said for example by the silly pharmacist in the last Read more…