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Can You Prescribe Suboxone via Telemedicine?

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The short answer to this question is yes. You can access medication-assisted treatment via telemedicine. However, it is important to know what is involved in Suboxone treatment and determines if telemedicine can meet your needs.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the brand name for a specific medication: buprenorphine/naloxone. Buprenorphine/naloxone is one of only three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder. This medication works in the brain to alleviate dependence on opioids and help with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

 Learn more: How does Suboxone work?

Can doctors prescribe Suboxone via telemedicine?

As we mentioned above, it is possible to prescribe Suboxone via telemedicine. This is sometimes called “telemedicine for addiction treatment.” We wrote a comprehensive guide called Everything to Know about Telemedicine Addiction Treatment that you can check out for more information, but we’ll also provide the essentials below. 

Key facts: Telemedicine for Addiction Treatment?

  • Defining telemedicine: At its roots, telemedicine simply means “healing from a distance.” More specifically, telemedicine is the use of technology to make virtual healthcare more readily accessible. You’ll be able to access interactive medicine, exchange medical information between providers, and remotely monitor your vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Services available: There are a range of services available via telemedicine, such as addiction treatment, behavioral health support, and virtual consultations with your care providers.
  • Digital addiction treatment: Telemedicine for addiction treatment offers innovative and user-friendly approaches for the treatment of substance use disorders—such as computerized screening, telephone-based recovery support, telehealth therapy, virtual appointment reminders, and mobile apps—while still safely treating patients who need medication-assisted treatment. 
  • Improves access: Virtual healthcare provides an opportunity to reach patients who have limited access to these much-needed medical services, such as patients in Alaska. Telemedicine also provides the ability to protect patients from the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Benefits: Telemedicine features many of the benefits of in-person addiction treatment, allowing a medical provider to monitor patient progress, make medication adjustments, and offer digital therapies. These services may include digital addiction courses, phone-based addiction programs, medicine prescriptions, and virtual addiction treatment.

Workit Health’s Online Addiction Program

Workit Health provides an innovative online Suboxone clinic. Our evidence-based telemedicine program is able to reach a greater number of patients who would otherwise be without care. If you live at a distance from a pharmacy, we can even partner with a mail-order pharmacy to send your Suboxone to you.

Workit Health delivers personalized psychotherapy to individuals in varying stages of opioid use disorder. We know that psychotherapy is a generally effective addition to MAT, especially if the approaches are tailored and flexible. In addition to the online curriculum, Workit counselors provide real-time support through text messaging, video calls, or phone calls. Our counselors are thoroughly trained in evidence-based counseling modalities.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Workit Health program or have any questions, please reach out to us by calling 855-659-7734 and choosing option 1. Our care navigators will be happy to help.

Olivia Pennelle is a writer, journalist, and recovery activist. Her work has appeared in STAT News, Insider, Filter Magazine, Ravishly, The Temper, and Shondaland. She is the founder of popular site Liv’s Recovery Kitchen. She lives near Portland, Oregon. Follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

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