Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone, a safe and effective prescription medication, is designed to help individuals who are battling opioid addiction recover from their dependency. If you have developed an opioid dependence, taking Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your abuse without suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms or nagging drug cravings. To find out if Suboxone is right for you, speak with your treatment provider, as he or she can conduct an assessment on your treatment needs and decide on the most appropriate method of care.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone contains both buprenorphine and naloxone, and as a result, is considered very strong. If abused, this medication can lead to dependency. However, when Suboxone is using in a medication assisted treatment program, its use is safe and effective. When Suboxone enters into the body, the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated other opioids, like prescription pain medications, heroin, or morphine, are activated without resulting in the same euphoric high brought on by such substances. As a result, Suboxone can help you get through the day without struggling with cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not cause you to test positive on a standard drug screening. The primary ingredient in Suboxone (buprenorphine) will only yield a positive result if it is through a test that is specifically designed to detect it. However, if you are taking part in a medication assisted treatment program then your use is legal. It is also important to know that the presence of Suboxone within your system will not prevent you from testing positive on a drug screen if you are abusing other substances.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The amount of time that you will spend on Suboxone will be a decision that you make with your treatment provider. Extensive research has proven that Suboxone is safe and effective for short and long periods of use. As a result, some individuals take it for a few months and taper off, while others might take it for a few years. Suboxone is incredibly beneficial, as it helps prevent withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, which allow you to focus on work, driving, hobbies, and your recovery. Suboxone and its effectiveness will not erode over time, which means that you can utilize Suboxone for as long as you need.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like many prescription medications, you should always tell your treatment provider about all of the medications that you are taking prior to starting Suboxone. Suboxone can cause significant reactions when combined with other opioids like oxycodone, heroin, codeine, and hydrocodone. Those who are taking Suboxone should abstain from the use of sedatives, narcotic pain medications, sleeping pills, and alcohol. Regarding other medications, please speak with your doctor.

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

Even though Suboxone is safe for long-term use that does not mean that you have to take it for a long time. Should you and your treatment provider decide that Suboxone is no longer the most appropriate medication for you, or if you are ready to be medication-free, you can begin to taper off Suboxone with the help of your doctor. You will do this by taking smaller and smaller doses until your body is clear of the medication. At this time, you can either stay medication-free or switch to a different medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment offered at Volunteer Comprehensive Treatment Center is unique to each patient. As a result, so is the price of care. The price can vary based on the type of medication being taken, method of payment, services received, and more. To talk about your treatment needs and to see how much your treatment might cost, contact an intake specialist today.