Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Hernandez

First Reader

Dr. Patricia Goodspeed

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Dobmeier


Opioid misuse has created a National health crisis. Thousands of opiate abusers die each year from drug overdose. Prescription painkillers have become the source of addiction for millions of Americans. Individuals are becoming addicted to the medication used to treat pain and are overdosing and dying as a result. Finding a solution for the treatment of this chronic disease is essential because its widespread use is reaching pandemic proportions. This paper will explore the use of Buprenorphine (Suboxone) as a medical-assisted treatment response. This qualitative study provides first-person accounts of the struggle with opiate addiction, and the impact that Buprenorphine has on the quality of life of the participant.