One of the most common misconceptions of drug addiction is that it is primarily a self control issue. However, prolonged drug use can have a crucial impact on the neurons and brain circuits. Affects to the reward and motivation, learning and memory, and control over behavior, parts of the brain are effected, making it difficult for a user to quit. Drug addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease characterized by harmful long lasting consequences. Due to the affects made on the brain, curing oneself does not simply occur within a short period of time. Medications used in the treatment of Drug addiction are one of the most effective ways for a patient to recover. They can be used to prevent relapse, manage withdrawal symptoms and treat co-occurring conditions. Suboxone is not to be used as a pain medication however, can be used to wean a patient off of opiates such as heroin or narcotics. It is a medication that fills the opioid receptors in the brain partially, relieving opioid withdraw symptoms. While taking suboxone tablets or sublingual film, you will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function. Like Suboxone, additional treatment medications such as Bunavail and Zubsolv contain a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone which also aid in the process treating opioid dependance. Bunavail is a buccal formulation that sticks to the inside of the cheek that readily dissolves throughout the day as a patient can go about their daily activities. Bunavail should not be taken if you are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone.