Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. The use of this medication provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. Suboxone affords patients the mental clarity that is required in order to productively play a role in their recovery as well as to take part in daily activities without impairment. When taken as prescribed, the use of Suboxone is extremely safe. Individuals who are interested in incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment plans should first discuss their individual treatment requirements and goals with their treatment provider to ensure that Suboxone is the appropriate fit based upon their unique needs. Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine offers several prescription medications that can safely be incorporated into a patient’s plan of treatment, which is why finding the appropriate fit is imperative to the success of a patient’s treatment.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone consists of buprenorphine and naloxone as its active ingredients, which do carry addictive properties along with their use. When Suboxone is taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of trained professionals, use of this medication is extremely safe and the risk for addiction is minimal. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids, but without causing patients to experience the same feelings of euphoria. Instead, patients are given the opportunity to successfully progress in treatment due to the mental clarity and relief from physical withdrawal symptoms that Suboxone provides patients with.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Suboxone will not test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. The use of Suboxone is legal as long as it is accompanied by a prescription from a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that patients will remain on Suboxone for can vary patient-to-patient. The use of Suboxone is clinically proven safe for long-term use, which allows individuals to remain on this medication as long as their treatment provider deems appropriate. Patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the length of time in which Suboxone will benefit them and their treatment goals.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications and substances, which is why patients should refrain from using any prescriptions, substances, and/or over-the-counter medications until checking with their treatment provider. Individuals who are prescribed Suboxone should avoid taking opium, heroin, codeine, hydrocodone, and/or alcohol during the course of treatment due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can occur when combined with Suboxone.

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

Patients who no longer wish to remain on Suboxone should work closely with their treatment provider to gradually wean off of their medication. Individuals who abruptly cease their use of Suboxone are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms, which can be extremely painful. Once Suboxone is no longer in a person’s system, an individual can then either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assonance of medications. Patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the appropriate route to take based upon their unique goals and requirements.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment available through Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients. To learn more about treatment costs based upon your individual requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. The dedicated teams of professionals at Discovery House Comprehensive Treatment Center of Maine are here to assist you or someone that you love in safely returning to a life free from addiction.