Suboxone Frequently Asked Questions

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Proudly serving the Ann Arbor, Michigan community, our suboxone clinic provides adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

Prescribed to individuals who are struggling with addictions to opioids, Suboxone is a safe and effective treatment option. When taken within a medication assisted treatment program, Suboxone works to eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal while keeping cravings for continued opioid use at bay. To determine if Suboxone is the appropriate fit for you, please consult with your medical provider.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

If taken outside of its prescribed guidelines, Suboxone can lead to tolerance and addiction. However, when taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, the risk for addiction is extremely low. Suboxone includes a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Interacting with the same receptors in the brain that are typically activated by opioids, buprenorphine works to eliminate withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings for additional substance use. Because Suboxone will not cause patients to experience a euphoric high, individuals who are prescribed this medication will be able to take part in daily activities in a healthy manner.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are required to complete a drug screen while taking Suboxone will not test positive, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine in a person’s system. However, patients who abuse other substances or opioids during treatment will test positive on a drug panel. When taken as prescribed within a licensed mediation assisted treatment program, Suboxone is a legal treatment option.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

The length of time that patients are prescribed Suboxone for will vary based on their individual treatment needs. While some patients only utilize Suboxone for a short period of time, others remain on it long-term. The benefits of Suboxone include reduced cravings for additional opioid use and the elimination of the painful symptoms that take place during the withdrawal period. Since Suboxone removes the physical symptoms of withdrawal, patients are able to take part in daily activities, such as work and school, with the mental clarity that is required in order to productively participate in these daily obligations. Furthermore, the effectiveness of Suboxone will not decrease over time which allows patients to remain on it as long as necessary. By working closely with your treatment providers, you will be able to determine the length of time that Suboxone will benefit you and your treatment goals.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

Like many medications, there is a risk for negative interactions when Suboxone taken with another substance. Prior to incorporating Suboxone into your treatment plan, you should first notify your prescribing physician of any other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or substances that you are taking in order to avoid experiencing any dangerous side effects. Suboxone will cause patients to experience a dangerous reaction when taken with other opioids and/or alcohol. Patients who are taking Suboxone should refrain from using these substances during the course of treatment.

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

Although Suboxone has been approved safe to take long-term, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to continue taking it indefinitely. By working closely with your healthcare provider, you will be able to safely wean off of your medication once you have progressed far enough in treatment or it is decided that another medication would be a better fit. By slowly tapering off of Suboxone, patients are able to avoid withdrawal symptoms. After Suboxone is completely cleared from your system, you may then either transition onto a different prescription or remain opioid-free without the aid of medication.

What is the cost of Suboxone treatment?

The treatment provided by Ann Arbor Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly customized based upon the needs of each individual patient. By working closely with our team of nurses, physicians, and counselors, patients will be able to develop a treatment plan that meets their individual needs and goals.

To learn more about the treatment options available as well as the final cost of care, please contact our intake team today.