Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Individuals who are considering incorporating Suboxone into their treatment plan should first discuss its use with the medical team at Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center. Suboxone is prescribed to individuals who are battling addictions to opioids and provides them with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal. When taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, the use of this medication is extremely safe and effective. Because there are multiple treatment options available, patients should work closely with their treatment provider in order to determine the appropriate fit based upon their unique treatment goals and requirements.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Patients who abuse Suboxone outside of its prescribed guidelines can develop a tolerance and addiction to this medication. However, when taken as directed within a medication assisted treatment program, the likelihood of becoming addicted is extremely low. Suboxone uses a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine in order to eliminate the physical symptoms of withdrawal and keep cravings for additional opioid use at bay. By interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids, Suboxone allows patients to progress in treatment without experiencing cognitive impairments. By providing patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal, patients can then focus on their recovery with a clear and focused mindset.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Suboxone will not test positive. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. However, it is important to know that the use of Suboxone is legal as long as it is taken as prescribed and within a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her individual treatment goals and requirements. Suboxone has been clinically proven safe for both short- and long-term use which allows patients to remain on this medication for as long as necessary. Suboxone benefits patients by providing them with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal and eliminating cravings for additional opioid use. The effectiveness of Suboxone will not diminish over time which provides patients with the opportunity to utilize this medication until their treatment team determines otherwise. Patients who are considering incorporating Suboxone into their treatment plan should first discuss the use of this medication with their treatment provider in order to determine the length of time that this medication will benefit them.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like most medications, patients who are taking Suboxone should first notify their physician prior to utilizing and other prescription medications, over the counter medications, or substances to verify that negative effects will not take place. Suboxone can cause a dangerous reaction when taken with alcohol and/or opioids such as heroin, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Because of this, patients who are taking Suboxone should refrain from these substances during the course of treatment.

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

Because symptoms of withdrawal can take place should the use of Suboxone suddenly cease, individuals who no longer wish to remain on this medication should work closely with their treatment provider in order to safely wean off of Suboxone. Once Suboxone is out of a patient’s system, he or she can then work with his or her treatment team in order to determine if remaining medication-free is the appropriate route to take or if a new medication should be introduced.

 What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at Wichita Comprehensive Treatment Center is individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient that seeks our assistance. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary from patient to patient based upon the treatment requirements and needs.

To learn more about the final cost of care based upon your treatment needs or to learn more about Suboxone, please contact a member of our intake team today. We look forward to helping you achieve the recovered life that you deserve to be living.