Suboxone© (buprenorphine + naloxone) has been approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. It is actually two drugs in one. Buprenorphine – This is the active ingredient in Suboxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it can both activate and block opiate receptors, depending on the clinical situation. Naloxone – This drug is an opiate antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opiates
When opiates are taken into the body, they attach to receptors in the brain, causing dopamine release and euphoria. When Suboxone is taken, the buprenorphine attaches to the receptors in the brain once occupied by opiates. Because the receptors are no longer empty, withdrawal symptoms diminish.
We have worked with people who stay on Suboxone long-term, although some use the medication for a shorter period of time than others. The medication alone will only help with the physical aspects of the disease. Real healing requires treatment of the emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease—which happens in 12 step meetings, fellowship and therapy. Your physician will guide you in making this decision, based on your progress in treatment.
We do not accept insurance payments for office visits, however, we will provide you with the necessary documentation required if your insurance covers the cost of your medications. Some insurances will also reimburse you personally, if you submit a claim. While we are unable to submit these claims on your behalf, we will assist you should you chose to request reimbursement from your insurance.
Absolutely! Our therapy groups and twelve step meetings are offered at multiple days and times throughout the week. We work very hard to have hours that are convenient to our patients, and this includes nights and weekends at all of our locations.
Some of the mild side effects that have been reported are flushing, headache, nausea, sleeplessness, or drowsiness. Most of these issues have been reported to subside after the first week or so of treatment. This is not, however, a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, our doctors and staff will discuss your concerns with you.
No. As used in treatment, Suboxone is not an opiate substitute. It is a safe and effective medication for opiate addiction that is administered by mouth in regular, fixed doses. According to research, patients undergoing Suboxone treatment do not suffer the medical abnormalities and behavioral destabilization that rapid fluctuations in drug levels cause in active addicts.