Suboxone is used as a long-term treatment for opiate addiction as an alternative to methadone maintenance treatment for patients with a minimal addiction history. Suboxone allows patients to lead normal, productive lives by working, caring for their families, and enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle. Suboxone treatment is voluntary, and the length of time a patient remains in treatment depends greatly upon the patient. The patient will attend the clinic on a monthly basis and receive a Suboxone prescription from a CAP Physician. Suboxone when taken orally under the tongue in an appropriate dose can suppress symptoms of opiate withdrawal while decreasing craving for opiates for 24 hours in most cases.
Suboxone Treatment Program
Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, which has limited opiate effects compared to full opioid agonists, such as heroin, morphine, and methadone. Suboxone also contains Naloxone (narcan), which is an opioid antagonist. Naloxone is contained in Suboxone in order to deter intravenous use of Suboxone. Naloxone will cause immediate withdrawal when injected by a person dependent on opiates including a person on methadone. It does not affect the patient taking Suboxone under the tongue as prescribed for Suboxone treatment.
New patients will meet with a CAP physician on the day of their intake for a full assessment and to determine an initial dose of Suboxone. The patient will then receive a prescription for a few days to assess the patient’s tolerance to the medication or any adverse reaction to Suboxone. The patient will return to the clinic after a few days and receive a prescription for 1-2 weeks of medication to further assess how they are tolerating the dose. When the CAP physician is satisfied that the patient is on a stable dose of Suboxone the patient will only need to attend the clinic once a month thereafter. Patients will be required to provide a monthly urine specimen for a drug screen to detect any continued illicit drug use. Prescriptions for Suboxone are not covered in our intake fee or the monthly fee for the Suboxone Program. The patient must pay for their prescription at the pharmacy through their insurance or out of pocket.
Patients that join our Suboxone Program are not assigned a counselor, but they do have the option of receiving our counseling services at an additional cost.