Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Use of Suboxone provides patients with the ability to effectively take part in treatment without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms or cravings for continued opioid use. Individuals who are prescribed this medication will experience the mental clarity that is required in order to productively play a role in daily activities such as work, driving, and school without impairment. Use of Suboxone is also extremely safe when taken as prescribed and under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional. There are multiple prescription medications available within the treatment provided by Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center. Because of this fact, patients should closely work with our treatment team in order to determine the appropriate medication to be prescribed based upon their individual requirements.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

With naloxone and buprenorphine as its active ingredients, Suboxone does carry addictive properties along with its use. However, when taken as prescribed, the risk for addiction is extremely minimal. Buprenorphine works by interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by the use of opioids. Unlike opioids, buprenorphine will not cause patients to experience feelings of euphoria which allows individuals to play an active role in daily activities in an unimpaired manner.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Use of Suboxone will not cause a patient to test positive on a standard drug screen as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine within a person’s system. Suboxone is a legal medication to consume as long as it is accompanied with a valid prescription from a licensed medical professional.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that a patient remains on Suboxone will be dependent upon his or her treatment requirements. The use of this medication is confirmed safe for both short and long-term use, which allows patients to remain on it as long as necessary. By working closely with our treatment team, patients are able to determine the appropriate length of time that Suboxone will benefit them and their treatment.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Due to the potentially dangerous interactions that can occur when Suboxone is combined with other substances, patients should notify their treatment provider of any other prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications that they are taking. The use of codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, other opioids, and/or alcohol while in treatment should be avoided due the hazardous interactions that can occur when combined with Suboxone.

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

Should a patient no longer wish to remain on Suboxone, he or she should work closely with his or her treatment provider in order to safely wean off of this medication. Individuals who attempt to abruptly cease their use of Suboxone will experience withdrawal symptoms that are often bothersome and uncomfortable. Once a patient no longer has traces of Suboxone within his or her system, he or she can then transition onto a different medication or remain substance-free without the aid of a prescription.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

Treatment at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized to meet the unique treatment goals of each individual patient. The cost of care can vary between patients based upon their treatment requirements. To learn more about the final cost of care, please contact a member of our intake team today. The dedicated team of professionals at Winston-Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is here to provide patients with the education, tools, and support that are required in order to successfully progress towards a life of recovery.