It is interesting to read everyone's take on Buprenorphine Treatment. There are so many variables which can influence a negative or positive outlook on Suboxone/Subutex. Some of these include: whether or not addiction is perceived as a disease or not, supplemental therapy or counseling used to aid this type treatment and the general substance abuse history of the recovering addict. Overall, Buprenorphine Treatment is still new. I, for one, will not affirm that it is or is not a sort of crutch to replace opiate abuse. I do believe this though: in light of oxycontin epidemics which swept the nation a decade ago & compared to the average heroin user - the buprenorphine patient is a much more stable person. Their lives can progress forward easier and eliminate the facade of hopelessness often bearing down on drug addicts. By no means do we have a perfect system; yet, this new trend has proved it can deliver the critical thrust against the beast of drug addiction. It can liberate the enslaved and eradicate the bonds of depravity. What we have is suitable because it is effective. Is it a crutch? Maybe so, but being fortunate enough to have something to lean on gives the ailment a chance to heal. I would like to read the thoughts you all may have regarding the dynamics of Buprenorphine Treatment.