Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

When utilized within a medication assisted treatment program under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, Suboxone is an extremely safe and effective medication used to treat opioid addiction. By consulting with the highly qualified team at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individuals can discuss their needs and treatment requirements to see if Suboxone is the most appropriate medication to treat their opioid addiction.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Since Suboxone includes buprenorphine and naloxone as its main active ingredients, there is a risk of tolerance and addiction if it is abused. However, when utilized within a medication assisted treatment program as directed by one’s physician, Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option for overcoming opioid addiction. Buprenorphine works with the same receptors in the brain that are normally activated by opioids, though does not create the euphoric high that is normally associated with opioids. Because of this, buprenorphine allows patients to function in a healthy manner without experiencing the symptoms associated with withdrawal.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

If a patient is required to complete a drug screen while prescribed Suboxone, a positive result will not show up. If a specific test is used to detect buprenorphine, then a positive result will show up, as such a test can detect Suboxone within a person’s system. Utilizing Suboxone within a licensed medication assisted treatment program while under the direction of a qualified medical professional is legal and will not cause any legal ramifications for an individual.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time a person remains on Suboxone will vary patient to patient depending on the specific needs of each individual. Since extensive research has proven Suboxone to be safe for both short and long-term use, many individuals continue Suboxone maintenance for years, while others only remain on it for a shorter period of time. Suboxone benefits its users by blocking the cravings and withdrawal symptoms and allows patients to experience the mental clarity required to focus on their recovery and attend work and school, as well as drive. Since the medication’s effectiveness does not lessen over time, patients can continue taking Suboxone until the patient or a healthcare provider decides otherwise. By discussing your specific treatment needs with your physician, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the length of time for which you can remain on Suboxone.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As is true with most prescription medications, patients should notify their physician of all medications that they are currently taking prior to incorporating Suboxone into their medication assisted treatment program. Since Suboxone will negatively interact with other opiates, including but not limited to heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, and oxycodone, it is important for patients to refrain from opioid use throughout treatment. Patients taking Suboxone should also not consume alcohol, sedatives, or sleeping pills during treatment due to the adverse effects that can take place. Patients are urged to discuss other medication interactions with their physician prior to starting Suboxone.

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

Although Suboxone is safe for individuals to take long-term, starting Suboxone does not mean that patients will be required to continue long-term. If you and your healthcare provider decide that Suboxone is not the right treatment option for you, you can work closely with your physician to safely wean off of the medication in order to avoid any symptoms of withdrawal. Depending on your treatment goals, you can then transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of any medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is extremely individualized based on the needs of each individual patient. Depending on the specific medication prescribed, treatment options utilized, and the methods of payment chosen, final cost of care can fluctuate. To further discuss Suboxone or the other treatment options available, please contact our dedicated intake team today.