How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?
When taken within a medication assisted treatment program under the supervision of a trained medical professional, Suboxone is an extremely safe and effective treatment option for individuals who are struggling with an addiction to opioids. Suboxone provides patients with relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal while also eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. By consulting with a medical professional, you will be able to determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you based on your individual needs and treatment requirements.
Can I become addicted to Suboxone?
Due to Suboxone’s chemical makeup, it is possible for individuals to become addicted to this medication. However, when taken as prescribed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, Suboxone is an extremely safe medication. Composed of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Buprenorphine works with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids, but without causing patients to experience a euphoric high. Suboxone allows patients to play an active role in daily activities and take care of obligations without experiencing a euphoric high or cravings for additional opioid use.
Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?
Because a specific test is required in order for Suboxone to be detected in the system, a positive result will not take place should an individual be required to take a standard drug screen while taking Suboxone. Suboxone is legal to take if it is prescribed within a licensed medication assisted treatment program for opioid addiction.
How long will I need to be on Suboxone?
The length of time that patients will be required to remain on Suboxone will vary based on their individual treatment requirements. Extensive research has confirmed the safety of Suboxone for both short- and long-term use. While some patients will only use Suboxone short-term, others may remain on Suboxone maintenance programs long-term. Since the medication’s effectiveness will not decrease over time, patients are able to take Suboxone as long as deemed necessary. Suboxone diminishes cravings for additional opioid use while eliminating the physical symptoms of withdrawal, allowing patients to play an active role in their recovery, attend work and school, and drive without impairment.
Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?
Because Suboxone can interact with other medications, it is important to notify your physician of any medications that you are taking prior to incorporating Suboxone into your treatment plan. As is the case with many medications, Suboxone will cause patients to experience strong negative reactions when taken with other opiates, such as heroin, hydrocodone, or codeine. Because of this, patients who are taking Suboxone should not take opiates in combination with sleeping pills, sedatives, narcotic pain medications, or alcohol.
What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?
While Suboxone is safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on Suboxone long-term. Should you and your healthcare provider determine that Suboxone is no longer needed for your treatment, you will be able to work closely with your treatment provider in order to safely wean off of Suboxone until recovery is achieved. Based on your treatment goals, you may transition onto another medication or remain substance-free without the aid of medication.
What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?
Since treatment at Southeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized based on the needs of each individual patient, the cost of treatment will fluctuate from person to person. To learn more about the final cost of treatment, as well as the treatment options available, please contact one of our dedicated intake coordinators today.