Suboxone FAQ

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids. This medication provides relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. Individuals who are considering utilizing this medication should first consult with their treatment providers to ensure that Suboxone is the appropriate medication for their individual treatment needs. Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center provides multiple prescription medications to assist patients in overcoming their addictions, which is why finding the appropriate fit based upon their unique needs is imperative.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Like many medications, there is a risk for an addiction to Suboxone to occur if it is taken in a manner outside of its prescribed guidelines. However, when taken as directed and under the guidance of a trained medical professional, the use of Suboxone for the treatment of opioid addiction is extremely safe. Consisting of naloxone and buprenorphine, Suboxone provides relief from the physical discomforts of opioid withdrawal. Suboxone interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. Suboxone, however, will not cause patients to experience the same feelings of euphoria that are experienced when opioids are abused. Because cognitive impairments do not take place while taking this medication, patients are able to play an active role in daily acitivities and progress in their treatment in a productive manner.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not show up on a drug screen as a specific test is required to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. The use of this medication is legal as long as it is taken as directed within a licensed treatment center, such as Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Although Suboxone is clinically proven to be safe for both short- and long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication long-term. The length of time that a patient will remain on Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment requirements. Suboxone provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while keeping cravings for additional opioid use at bay. The use of this medication allows patients to progress in their treatment in a safe and effective manner. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the length of time that Suboxone will benefit you for.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Patients should inform their prescribing physician of any other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and/or other substances they are taking prior to incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment plans. Because dangerous interactions can take place when Suboxone is combined with other substances, it is extremely important that patients openly discuss their other substance or medication usage with their treatment provider. In addition, individuals who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using other opioids and alcohol due to the hazardous interactions that can take place.

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

Patients who no longer wish to take Suboxone should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of their medication. Because patients can experience symptoms of withdrawal should the use of Suboxone suddenly cease, it is extremely important to taper off of this medication on a schedule put in place by your treatment provider. Once a patient’s system is clear of Suboxone, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain medication-free. These decisions, however, must be made in collaboration with input from a patient’s treatment team.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided by Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care can vary between patients based upon their treatment needs. To learn more about the cost of care based upon your treatment requirements and goals, please contact our intake team today. We look forward to helping you achieve the recovered life that you deserve to be living.

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