Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is a commonly prescribed medication used to eliminate the physical discomforts that can arise during opioid withdrawal. In addition to diminishing withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone also curbs cravings for continued opioid use which gives patients the mental clarity that is required to focus on recovery. The use of this medication does not cause cognitive impairments, which means that patients are able to play an active role in daily activities without delay. Through the medication-assisted treatment provided by Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers, patients are able to utilize the prescription medication that properly aligns with their individual treatment requirements and goals. By working closely with our team of addiction treatment experts, patients are able to receive the most appropriate medication for their specific needs. The use of Suboxone is extremely safe when taken as prescribed within treatment.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

Due to the combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that Suboxone is comprised of, there is a risk for addiction to develop as a result of its use. However, when taken as prescribed and under the close guidance of a trained addiction professional, the use of this medication is extremely safe and the likelihood of an addiction developing is minimal. When taken, the buprenorphine portion of the medication works by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated when an individual abuses opioids. However, the use of buprenorphine will not cause a patient to experience the same euphoric high that would result from an opioid. Once the physical symptoms of withdrawal are eliminated, a patient is able to focus on his or her recovery in a productive and alert manner.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not cause a patient to test positive should a drug screen be required during the course of treatment. A specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, within a person’s system. The use of this medication is legal as long as it is taken as prescribed and within a licensed treatment facility.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

While the use of Suboxone is clinically proven as being safe for long-term use, individuals are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. While some patients may continue to take Suboxone for a longer period of time, others may only utilize it short-term. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the length of time for which Suboxone will positively benefit you.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Because the use of Suboxone can negatively interact with other medications, patients are urged to openly discuss the use of other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and any other substances with their treatment provider prior to incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment plan. Individuals who are prescribed this medication should refrain from using hydrocodone, codeine, heroin, opium, oxycodone, and/or alcohol during treatment due to the extremely dangerous side effects that can take place.

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

Should you wish to no longer take Suboxone, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines put in place by your treatment provider regarding safely weaning off of this medication. Individuals who abruptly cease use of Suboxone are at an increased risk for experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Once Suboxone is no longer in your system, you will then be able to transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the aid of medications. By working closely with your treatment team, you will be able to determine the path of treatment that best meets your needs.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Utah Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide patients with a highly customizable treatment approach. Because the care received by each patient will vary, the final cost will differ as well. To learn more about the cost of treatment based upon your individual treatment goals and requirements, please contact a member of our intake team today. Our compassionate and dedicated team of medical experts is here to assist you in breaking free from the dangerous cycle of opioid addiction in order to enjoy a healthy, happy, and substance-free life.