to the author, thank you so VERY much for writing this article. we have a family member who is an opiate addict and using suboxone but saying he is off of the "hard stuff" which did not add up for us. this article explains why. he has agreed to see a doctor to officially begin a suboxone program with therapy and drug testing. we hope and pray that he is finally committed to getting clean and that suboxone treatment will put him on that path. would love more info on how effective the suboxone treatments are long-term. please consider writing more articles on this topic to give loved ones an understanding of the world of those addicted to opiates.