Suboxone (Buprenorphine) Treatment Overview:

Subooxone is used as a long term treatment for opiate addiction. Suboxone when taken orally under the tongue, in an appropriate dose, can suppress symptoms of opiate withdrawal while decreasing cravings for opiates for 24 hours in most cases.

Suboxone Treatment Program:

Suboxone is a partial opioid antagonist, 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.

New patients will meet with a First Step Recovery physician on the day of their intake for a full assessment, including a urine specimen. The patient will return to the clinic within a few days and visit with a counselor. They may receive a prescription for 1-2 weeks of medication. Once the physician is satisfied that the patient is on a stable dose of Suboxone, the doctor will let the patient know what additional steps are necessary for their treatment.. Patients will be required to provide urine specimens at each visit to detect any continued illicit drug use.

Most patients will need prior authorizations for their prescriptions. We require 24-48 hours to complete this process. Patients may pay out of pocket for their prescription until the prior authorization is approved by their insurance provider. If the patient does not have insurance for their prescription, they will have to pay for it out of pocket.