Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone, a safe and effective prescription medication, is capable of helping those who are addicted to opioids. If you have grown dependent upon an opioid, consuming Suboxone within a medication assisted treatment program can help you put an end to your substance abuse without struggling with cravings or withdrawal symptoms. To determine if Suboxone is the appropriate medication for you, speak with a professional who can evaluate your needs and help decide what is best for you.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Yes. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone, and when abused, it can cause tolerance and/or an addiction to develop. However, when used under the supervision of a professional within a medication assisted treatment program, the use of this medication is safe and effective. The buprenorphine that is in Suboxone works with the same receptors in the brain that are triggered by prescription pain medications and heroin, however, it does not cause individuals to become high as they would through the abuse of these substances. As a result, buprenorphine helps you go through your days without struggling with cravings and/or withdrawal symptoms.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Suboxone will not cause a drug test to turn positive, as it takes a specific type of drug panel to detect this medication. However, if you are participating in a medication assisted treatment program, you are taking Suboxone legally since it is supervised by a medical professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that you stay on Suboxone will be based solely on your treatment needs. Extensive research has shown that Suboxone is effective and safe for short- and long-term use. Some individuals take Suboxone for a short period of time (i.e. a few months), and then begin tapering off of it, while others stay on Suboxone for years. Some of the many benefits of Suboxone are that it helps control withdrawal symptoms and is capable of curbing cravings for continued use. As a result, individuals are able to remain clear-headed, allowing them to continue to work, go to school, drive, engage in therapy, and fulfill daily responsibilities. The effectiveness of this medication does not erode over time, meaning that you can keep using Suboxone until it is the right time for you to stop using it.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Similar to the use of other prescription medications, you should always make your provider aware of the medications that you are taking prior to starting a Suboxone program. The use of this medication can cause a strong reaction when combined with other opioids like heroin, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and more. Additionally, combining this medication with alcohol is also dangerous. Those who are consuming Suboxone should also abstain from the use of sleeping pills, sedatives, and narcotic pain medications as well. Regarding other medications, please speak with your provider on how to proceed.

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

While Suboxone is approved safe for long-term use, beginning a program that utilizes this medication does not mean that you will have to keep taking it for the rest of your life. If you and your provider decide that Suboxone is no longer the best medication for you, or that you are ready to begin fully tapering off of it, you can begin to do so slowly so that you do not go into withdrawal. Depending on your objectives, you can either stay off of medications such as this or begin a new medication that better suits your needs.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at Northeast Massachusetts Comprehensive Treatment Centers is a unique experience that includes medications such as Suboxone, multiple therapy sessions, and additional services that are appropriate and necessary for those looking to overcome opioid addictions. Since your treatment will be personalized to meet your needs, the cost of your care will also be unique to you. To learn more about how much your care might cost, please call one of our intake specialists right now.