Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, taking a medication such as Suboxone within the confines of a medication assisted treatment program can help you stop your addiction in its tracks. Suboxone is both safe and effective, and aids in helping decrease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. To determine if Suboxone is right for you, speak to a physician affiliated with a medication assisted treatment program who can review your treatment needs to see if this is the appropriate medication for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone, like other medications, can lead to addiction if used inappropriately. However, if used as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone is completely safe to use. Comprised of both buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone triggers opioid receptors in the brain that would have otherwise been triggered through the use of drugs like heroin, morphine, or painkillers. By activating these receptors, Suboxone is effective in lessening withdrawal symptoms and cravings without producing a disorienting high.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will only appear on a drug test if the test is designed specifically to detect buprenorphine. In most cases, regular drug tests do not pick up this medication. However, even if it is detected on a screening, your use is legal as long as you are enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program and using Suboxone under the supervision of a medical professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Only you and your physician will be able to determine the length of time that you take Suboxone. Research has proven that Suboxone can be used both short-term and long-term without causing serious effects. Some individuals take Suboxone for a couple of months prior to tapering off, while others stay on Suboxone for years. This medication is beneficial as it helps stop drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms so individuals can stay focused on living up to their daily responsibilities and expectations. Suboxone’s effectiveness always remains the same, so you can continue to take it as needed.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

There is always a possibility for drug interactions with any medication, and Suboxone is no different. Be sure to disclose all of the medications that you are taking to your physician prior to beginning treatment that includes Suboxone. Taking Suboxone while using other opioids can lead to the development of withdrawal symptoms. If you are on Suboxone, you should not take sleeping pills, narcotic pain medications, sedatives, or drink alcohol. Always speak with your physician about what medications you can and cannot take with Suboxone.

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

Even though taking Suboxone for a long period of time is safe, beginning a Suboxone regimen does not mean that you will be on it for the rest of your life. If you and your physician decide that Suboxone is no longer the most effective medication for you, or if you are ready to stop using the medication altogether, you can begin to taper off of it until your body is clear of the medication. At this point, you can either switch to another medication or remain off of such medication all together.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment we provide at Southern California Comprehensive Treatment Centers is unique and individualized. Not only do we provide Suboxone, but we also offer therapeutic resources and additional services. Based on the customization of your personal treatment plan, your cost cannot be determined until we are aware of what your treatment needs will be. A number of other factors, such as the price of your medication and therapy, can also determine what your final costs will be. To learn more about the cost of treatment, please contact us today.