Suboxone Clinic Questions and Answers
Do you have an opioid addiction? Suboxone is used to help treat addiction and dependence. Talk to our team of health care professionals today about the benefits of Suboxone. Restoration Recovery addiction treatment center is here to help you on your road to recovery from addiction. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chattanooga, TN and Dalton, GA.
What is Suboxone used for?
Suboxone is a prescription narcotic medication that is used to treat opioid addictions and dependence. Commonly used opioid drugs that can lead to addiction and treatment using Suboxone are heroin and narcotic painkillers. Suboxone is not a pain medication and must be used under the care and close supervision of a doctor as it has been prescribed. Incorrect use of this medication can lead to overdose, addiction, and even death when taken outside of the prescribed instructions or by a person who was not the intended recipient of the prescription. Suboxone can be habit-forming and can slow or stop your breathing. Suboxone can have dangerous side effects, including death, when mixed with alcohol so it must be avoided while being treated with Suboxone. Suboxone is taken at the start of withdrawal symptoms from opioid addiction to help reduce the cravings and symptoms common to opioid addiction withdrawal. It must be used sparingly as Suboxone is a highly addictive medication. Once the patient has successfully made it through the introductory phase of their Suboxone treatment plan, their doctor will prescribe a long-term treatment plan to end the patient’s opioid addiction permanently.
What happens at your first doctor’s appointment for Suboxone?
Prior to prescribing Suboxone, the doctor will want to get a full medical history for you to determine your eligibility for taking the medication. As this medication has a very specific purpose but can be dangerous in itself, the prescribing doctor will want to ensure that this is the right solution for you and that you understand the treatment plan and risks associated with Suboxone. You will need to be completely transparent with the doctor about your current opiate use including how frequently you are using when the last time you used was, which opiate you are addicted to and if you are using it for long-term or short-term fixes. Different types of opiates will require different treatment with Suboxone, so it is important that you are upfront with the doctor about using a long-acting opioid such as fentanyl or methadone or if you are using a short-acting opioid such as heroin. With a long-acting opiate, patients will need to wait for the effects of the drug to wear off prior to starting Suboxone treatment. In the case of a slow-acting opiate, patients are able to start Suboxone treatment right away, as long as it has been at least 12 hours since their last use of the drug. Suboxone is a highly addictive medication, so it is imperative that it is used directly as prescribed to avoid becoming addicted to it in place of the opioid addiction you are trying to treat. Suboxone is to be taken with the onset of withdrawal symptoms from opioid addiction as it is intended to minimize the symptoms and cravings associated with addiction withdrawal. It will also help wean you off of your existing addiction. It must be used sparingly, in the doses and prescribed time intervals to mitigate the likelihood of developing an addiction to it.
Where can I find a Suboxone Clinic?
You can find a Suboxone clinic by reaching out to your primary care physician for recommendations. If you don’t have a primary care physician, you can search the internet for Suboxone clinics in your area or see a doctor through a walk-in clinic or urgent care center who can recommend a clinic to you. Depending on your situation, you may also be able to get recommendations from a social worker, shelter employee, your employer’s Human Resources department, or your insurance company. Due to the nature of Suboxone and the addictions that it helps cure, you will need to see a doctor for an in-person visit to be prescribed this medication.
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