Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. When taken as prescribed, Suboxone offers patients relief from the physical discomforts associated with the withdrawal process and eliminates cravings for additional opioid use. Individuals who are considering incorporating this medication into their treatment plan should first discuss their unique treatment goals and requirements with their physician to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication based upon their needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone includes a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine. Due to the chemical makeup of this medication, there is a risk for abuse and addiction. However, when Suboxone is taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, the risk of abuse and addiction is extremely low. The buprenorphine portion of Suboxone eliminates the physical symptoms of withdrawal by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. The use of buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience impairments in their cognitive functioning, which allows them to play a productive role in daily activities. Patients who are prescribed this medication are able to obtain the mental clarity that is required to successfully progress in treatment.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not cause patients to test positive on a drug screen. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine in a person’s system. The use of Suboxone is legal when it is taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional within a licensed treatment center.

Lastly, it is important to know that should a person abuse other substances and submit to a drug test, a positive test result will be rendered.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Although extensive research has confirmed the safety of Suboxone for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. The length of time that a patient will remain on this medication for will be dependent upon his or her unique treatment requirements and goals.

By discussing the use of Suboxone with their treatment provider, patients will be able to determine the length of time that this medication will be needed.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As is true when taking any prescription, patients should first notify their prescribing physician of any substances, medications, or other prescriptions that are being taken prior to incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed Suboxone should refrain from using heroin, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alcohol due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can take place when these substances are combined. Please consult with your treatment provider prior to utilizing any medications or substances while taking Suboxone.

What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Should a patient wish to discontinue his or her use of Suboxone, he or she will work closely with his or her treatment provider in order to safely taper off of this medication. Symptoms of withdrawal can take place if the use of Suboxone immediately ceases, which is why patients should properly wean off of their medication to avoid experiencing the discomforts of withdrawal. Once a patient’s system is free from all traces of Suboxone, he or she can work with his or her treatment provider to determine if transitioning onto a different medication or remaining medication-free is the appropriate route to take based upon his or her treatment requirements.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Cartersville Comprehensive Treatment Center provides customized treatment to meet the individual needs of each of our patients. Because of this, the final cost of care can fluctuate based upon the treatment needs and goals of each individual patient. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your needs as well as the treatment options that we offer, please contact our intake team today.