Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is known for its safety and effectiveness when it comes to treating those who are battling with opioid addictions. If you have become dependent on one or more opioids, consuming Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your abuse of these substances without going through cravings or withdrawal symptoms. The best way to determine if Suboxone is right for you is to speak your with your provider who can evaluate your treatment needs and recommend the most appropriate form of treatment for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a medication that can cause tolerance and addiction to develop if it is misused. However, when taken within a licensed addiction treatment program, Suboxone is effective and safe. The two substances that Suboxone is comprised of are buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine triggers the same receptors in the brain that are triggered through the presence of heroin and prescription painkillers, however Suboxone does not cause the individual to become high. Therefore, buprenorphine helps you avoid the setbacks associated with withdrawals and cravings that would otherwise steer your day and recovery off course.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not cause a drug test to turn up positive, as the tests that are commonly used are unable to detect this medication. There are tests available that can pick up the presence of Suboxone, however they are not frequently used. However, if you are consuming Suboxone within a certified medication assisted treatment program, your use is considered legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

You and your provider will determine the ideal length of time that you will remain on Suboxone. Extensive research has shown that Suboxone is a safe and effective medication to use for short- and long-term purposes. Some individuals take Suboxone for a few months, while others take it for years. Some of the many benefits of Suboxone include the fact that the medication is capable of preventing cravings and withdrawal symptoms from standing in the way of your ability to go to school, work, drive, or engage in therapy. Additionally, the effectiveness of Suboxone does not erode over time, meaning that you can keep taking Suboxone for as long as needed.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to most other prescription medications, you should always keep your provider informed of the medications that you are taking prior to starting on a Suboxone program. This medication can trigger serious reactions when combined with other opioids such as codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, or heroin. Those who are taking Suboxone should also avoid taking sleeping pills, narcotic pain medications, and sedatives. Regarding other medications, please speak with your provider so you can proceed safely.

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

Even though Suboxone can be used safely for long-term maintenance, you do not have to keep using it for the rest of your life. If you and your provider decide that Suboxone is no longer the best medication for you, or if you have moved far enough into your recovery that you can end your medication assisted treatment, you can begin weaning off of Suboxone with smaller doses so your body becomes free and clear of it. Depending on your treatment goals, you can then start on a new medication or stay medication-free.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment supplied at South Amboy Comprehensive Treatment Center is a uniquely individualized experience that involves the use of medications such as Suboxone, numerous therapy sessions, and additional services that are both necessary and appropriate for those recovering from opioid addiction. Since your treatment will be developed specifically to meet your needs, the cost of your care can vary. To speak more about your care, including finding out how much you might be paying for your treatment, please reach out to our intake specialists right now.