Suboxone Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a medication that is safe and effective in helping individuals overcome opioid addictions. If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, taking Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your use without suffering from painful withdrawal symptoms. To be sure that Suboxone is right for you, give Allied Health Services of Medford a call today to discuss your specific treatment needs.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a medication that can lead to the development of a tolerance if abused. However, keep in mind that when taken within a medication assisted treatment program and under the guidance of a medical professional, Suboxone is safe and effective. Comprised of two substances, buprenorphine and naloxone, individuals often experience positive effects. The ingredients in Suboxone stimulate the same parts of the brain that other opioids (like heroin or prescription pain medications) do, but without creating a feeling of euphoria. Therefore, it can help you make your way through the day without suffering from withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

No, Suboxone will not cause a standard drug test to yield a positive result. Buprenorphine, one of the ingredients in Suboxone, will only be detected if the test that is being used is one that is designed specifically to do so. However, if you are enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program and you do yield a positive test on a drug screen, your use is considered legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Both you and your physician will be able to work together to determine the length of time that you will remain on Suboxone. Research has proven that the use of Suboxone is safe and effective for short- and long-term use. While some individuals take Suboxone for a few months, others stay on it for years. One of the many benefits of Suboxone is that it stops withdrawal symptoms in their tracks, all while allowing an individual to keep a clear head so that he or she can continue to work, go to school, drive, and participate in other activities without being high. It is important to know that the effectiveness of Suboxone does not weaken over time.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

You should always let your prescribing physician know what medications you are taking prior to beginning a Suboxone treatment. You can experience negative reactions when taking Suboxone with other opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and more, as well as alcohol. Those who are using Suboxone should not consume sedatives, sleeping pills, narcotics, or alcohol. If you have questions about other medications, consult with your physician.

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

Even though Suboxone is safe to use for long periods of time, that does not mean that you have to use it forever. If you and your physician decide that Suboxone is no longer the best medication for you, then you can begin tapering off of this mediation until your body is clear of it. From there, you can either stay off of medications entirely or begin a different one.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Allied Health Services of Medford is individualized based on each patient’s needs. Services can include medications, therapy sessions, and more, all of which will be customized to each patient’s needs. Therefore, determining a price of treatment will all depend on what services the patient receives. To talk about your needs and the possible price of your care, please contact one of our compassionate intake experts today.

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