BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Waismann Method today announced findings from an online survey of Suboxone users, indicating that 66 percent of individuals currently taking Suboxone ®, also known as Subutex ® or Buprenorphine, believe they cannot stop taking the drug without assistance, indicating a physical dependency. Suboxone ® is often prescribed to treat dependency to opiates including OxyContin ®, Vicodin ®, Lortab ® or Fentanyl. Because Suboxone is 50 percent opiate in composition, it helps alleviate painful withdrawal symptoms caused by the original opiate, but still remains a replacement therapy that substitutes one opiate-based drug with another, according to Clare Waismann, addiction specialist for the Waismann Method.

“Patients are under the misconception that because this drug is prescribed by their doctors that it is a cure for their physical dependency to opiates,” said Waismann. “Doctors need to be honest with their patients, letting them know that Suboxone will not eliminate their dependency to opiates and actually can be habit forming. In addition, regulation of drug marketing needs to be tougher, so that people know exactly what to expect.”