Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Suboxone is used in medication-assisted treatment programs in order to provide relief to individuals who are battling an addiction to opioids. Use of this medication, which is composed of naloxone and buprenorphine, provides relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Suboxone also provides patients with the mental clarity that is required in order to play a productive role in daily life, including driving, working, and attending school without impairment. When taken as directed, Suboxone is an extremely safe treatment option for those who are struggling with a dependency to opioids.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

As is the case with many prescription medications, it is possible to abuse and become addicted to Suboxone. However, when Suboxone is taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a trained addiction treatment professional, the risk for addiction is minimized.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

The use of Suboxone will not show up on a standard drug screen, as these tests are not typically designed to detect buprenorphine within the system. Also, Suboxone is a legal medication as long as it is taken as prescribed by an addiction treatment expert at a licensed treatment center.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that you may need to remain on Suboxone will be determined by you and the members of your treatment team. Although Suboxone is clinically proven to be safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on it indefinitely.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Use of Suboxone can cause dangerous reactions when taken with other substances and medications. Because of this, patients should notify their treatment provider of any substances, prescription, and/or over-the-counter medications that they are taking prior to incorporating the use of Suboxone into their treatment program.

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

Patients who would like to stop using Suboxone should work closely with their treatment provider in order to gradually taper off their medication. Suddenly ceasing use of Suboxone can cause individuals to experience painful withdrawal symptoms and side effects. Once all traces of Suboxone are out of the system, patients can then either remain opioid-free without the assistance of medication or transition onto a different medication for the remainder of the treatment. These decisions, however, should be made in collaboration with the member of your treatment team.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Because treatment at Rhode Island Comprehensive Treatment Centers is customized to meet the individual requirements of each patient, the cost of care will fluctuate from patient-to-patient. To learn more about cost of care based upon your individual treatment goals, please contact a member of our intake team today.