How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?
Suboxone is a safe and effective medication used in medication assisted treatment programs. Those who are struggling with an opioid addiction can benefit from participating in this type of program where they can finally put an end to their addiction without battling cravings or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. To find out if Suboxone is right for you, speak to a qualified professional who can review your treatment needs and decide what kind of medication will work best for you.
Can I become addicted to Suboxone?
Yes. Like most other medications, abusing Suboxone can cause a physical and psychological dependency to develop. However, when taken as prescribed and as a part of an addiction treatment program, Suboxone can be hugely beneficial, and most of all, safe. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine attaches to the receptors in the brain that are stimulated by other opioid medications, such as prescription painkillers, however, it does not create the dizzying high that accompanies drug abuse. As a result, you can resume a normal, everyday life without suffering the effects of a detrimental high.
Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?
In standard drug screenings, Suboxone will not show up. However, other opioids, such as heroin, will. Buprenorphine, the main ingredient in Suboxone, will also not appear on a standard drug test. Suboxone will only show up on a test designed to specifically detect it, however if you are using Suboxone as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, your use is legal and nothing to worry about.
How long will I need to be on Suboxone?
That decision is one that can only be made by you and your physician. The length of time that you remain on Suboxone is going to depend on what your specific treatment needs are, as well as how you are progressing. However, research has proven that using Suboxone either short-term or long-term is perfectly safe. While some use Suboxone for a few short months, others might remain on it for years. Suboxone’s effectiveness does not change over time. Taking Suboxone can help prevent cravings and block painful withdrawal symptoms, all while keeping you clear of any high that you would have otherwise received while abusing opioids. As a result, you will be able to continue your day-to-day life, including going to work or school, driving a car, and keeping strong in your recovery.
Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?
You should always make your prescribing physician aware of any and all medications you are taking before starting Suboxone. This includes over-the-counter medications and vitamins. Combining Suboxone with other medications can cause negative reactions, especially if it is combined with other opioids (such as oxycodone, codeine, or hydrocodone) or alcohol. If you are taking Suboxone, you should not take sedatives, sleep aids, painkillers, or drink alcohol.
What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?
Just because you are utilizing Suboxone now does not mean that you will have to take it for the remainder of your life. While it is safe to use, if you and your physician determine that Suboxone is no longer the medication for you, you can begin tapering off until your body has been fully cleared of it. While it will depend on your treatment goals, you have the option to change to another medication or continue the program without medication.
What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?
Treatment at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a unique, individualized experience that will utilize services, such as multiple therapy sessions, medication assistance, and additional treatments that work into your overall plan for care. Since your treatment will be designed around your personal needs, the cost of your care will also be customized. To talk more about the possible cost of your care, including medication, contact an intake specialist right now.