Great Illustration Showing How Buprenorphine Blocks Opiate Receptors
This illustration is owned by naabt.org so I am posting a link to the page.
This makes things crystal clear on how Suboxone works. The Buprenorphine kind of fills in the receptor with junk so that the opiate doesn’t fit in perfectly. Kind of like if you put a bunch of boxes in your four passenger car, and you can only get two passengers in at a time. The Bupe limits the opiate effect. Cool!