Addiction is treatable.
Recovery is possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to expect?
New patients will meet with the provider for an initial evaluation and if appropriate will begin steps towards induction. During this meeting, the patient learns about treatment choices, expectations from treatment and agrees to a plan for counseling.
During the initial assessment process, the patient answers questions that will help the provider–led treatment team determine the best custom plan for the individual. All patient records are strictly confidential, therefore, it is highly recommended that the patient be completely honest so that the treatment plan is developed for long term success.
The first few weeks of treatment require regular patient monitoring to determine effectiveness of initial medication and to achieve a safe and adequate medication level that stabilizes the patient moving forward. In order to get the proper medication level to help subside symptoms of cravings and withdrawals, the patient needs to be in withdrawal at the time of the induction phase.
For this reason, it is recommended that the patient take the day off from work in order to go through the process for stabilization(recommended but not required). During the induction phase, it is important for the patient to frequently meet with their counselor to increase motivation and stay committed to treatment, understand the goals of treatment and establish immediate goals to create change while realizing gains through recovery.
At the maintenance phase a steady state of medication is achieved and maintained with continuous feedback from the patient on withdrawal symptoms. With a safe optimal level of medication, the patient is able to remain physically comfortable without experiencing the euphoria or sedation associated with painkillers or heroin, thereby remaining engaged in the full recovery program.
Patients are encouraged to meet with their counselor to address current situations, heal past issues and establish goals for further improvement in all areas of their lives. The maintenance phase helps patients continue to make strong progress with work, relationships, and social obligations while maintaining a steady state of well-being.
What is Buprenorphine or Suboxone?
Suboxone, which is, Buprenorphine/Nalaxone has a blocker against other opioids. This means that if you have buprenorphine in your system you will not get high off of pain pills or heroin. This helps put an end to the relapse cycle.
Is it Safe?
This medication has a very safe drug profile. Some of the common side effects of medication may include headache, mild dizziness, numbness, tingling, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia),constipation or trouble concentrating.
What Does it Cost?
Initial consultation visit is $350. This includes initial visit, urine drug screening tests, and titration prescriptions to achieve a stable dose. All patients will have to pay out of pocket for the Suboxone treatment unless we are billing your insurance. If you would like to use your insurance then it will be your responsibility to make sure you are covered. In some cases we will need to have prior authorization from either your insurance or your primary care provider before we can start your treatment.
There is no guarantee that you will be considered appropriate fit for office based outpatient opioid therapy.
First visit is $350.
Subsequent visits are $160.
Urine drug screens outside of regular scheduled office visits are $50.
How often do I need to take the medication?
How long do I have to take this medication?
The ultimate goal of buprenorphine is to give you freedom from addiction so you can live the life you want without being a slave to cravings. Medication is one part of treatment, and a very effective one. While you work on stabilizing, which takes 6 months to 1 year, we also encourage therapy and counseling to get you to a stable state. When you are ready we advise slowly tapering down the medication with supervision of your provider until you are either at a very low dose or off the medication completely.