Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a medication that is proven to be safe and effective in treating individuals who are battling opioid addictions. If you have developed an addiction to an opioid, including Suboxone into your medication assisted treatment plan can help you put an end to your abuse once without going through a period of withdrawal. To determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you, speak with a professional who can review your treatment needs and help you decide if Suboxone is right for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone is a medication that can cause a tolerance to develop if abused. However, when taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone is safe to use and is effective. Made up of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone triggers the receptors in the brain that are stimulated when opioids like morphine, prescription painkillers, and heroin are present in a person’s system. However, unlike these substances, Suboxone does not cause a disorienting high. Therefore, Suboxone can help individuals accomplish daily tasks and goals without struggling with withdrawal symptoms or cravings.

Will Suboxone show up in a drug screening?

Suboxone will not cause a standard drug screen to be positive, unless the test that is being used is one that is specified to do so. However, if you are enrolled in a medication assisted treatment program and you are prescribed Suboxone, your use is considered legal.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that you will remain on Suboxone will be determined by both you and your physician. Research has proven that the use of Suboxone is safe for different lengths of use, including long-term and short-term. While some individuals take it for a few months, others take it for years. Some of the greatest benefits of Suboxone are that it helps prevent drug cravings and reduces withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, individuals are able to continue their daily lives by going to work, attending school, being an active family member, and more without struggling with impairments or distractions. In addition, the effectiveness of Suboxone does not diminish over time.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

As with most prescription medications, you should always be open and honest with your physician about what medications you are taking prior to taking Suboxone. This medication can cause reactions when combined with other opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, or oxycodone, as well as alcohol. Those who are using Suboxone should steer clear of sleeping pills, narcotic pain medications, and sedatives. In regards to all other medications, it is important to speak with your physician about potential risks.

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

While Suboxone is safe for long-term care, you do not have to take it for the rest of your life. If you and your physician have determined that Suboxone is not the appropriate medication for you, or if you have decided that you no longer wish to stay on it because you have progressed in your treatment, you can begin tapering off of it under the supervision of your physician. This will help your body slowly get rid of the presence of Suboxone so that you do not experience withdrawal symptoms. Once you have tapered off, you can either stay off or switch to another medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment offered at Sacramento Comprehensive Treatment Center is a unique experience for each individual. The services we offer include medications like Suboxone, multiple therapy sessions, and additional means of care to meet each individual’s needs. Therefore, the cost of your care will vary based on what your needs are. To talk more about your needs and what the potential cost of your treatment might be, contact one of our intake specialists today.