How can you find a Suboxone clinic, or another type of Suboxone treatment provider near you?
Different medical providers prescribe Suboxone and other buprenorphine products to treat opioid addiction in and out of clinic settings.
All providers who prescribe buprenorphine products like Suboxone must have special training, and they can only take on a certain number of patients at a time. Here are strategies for finding a Suboxone Clinic, or physician who will prescribe Suboxone in an office setting, near you:
1. Head to Suboxone.com’s directory.
Suboxone.com offers a directory of all medical providers who have registered to prescribe Suboxone. The challenge here is not all providers who at one time register with Indivior (Suboxone’s manufacturer) may be currently accepting new patients.
Prepare questions and call each location near you, or get the names of providers near you and do further research online.
Strategies for calling Suboxone physicians' offices:
Prepare to make calls:
- Set aside an hour of your day. Take the time off of work, or take your lunch break early or late and sit in your car so you have privacy from coworkers at the office, and make the calls.
- Keep a notebook and pen with you while you call.
- Keep calling until you've reached out to everyone in your area.
If you have to leave a voicemail:
- Leave your name,
- phone number,
- email address,
- and the best time for the office to get back in touch with you.
When you do get in touch with someone, have your questions prepared:
- When is their next available appointment?
- How much does the program cost?
- How often will you be required to come in?
- What are the counseling requirements?
- If you have state insurance, ensure they'll be willing to work with you to get your medication covered at the pharmacy via a prior authorization.
Remember the people answering the phone are professionals. They aren't there to judge you or your history. They want to help you get treatment.
2. Request a match through the NAABT’s TreatmentMatch locator.
The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment attempts to solve the issue of wading through providers who aren’t taking new patients with it’s TreatmentMatch directory. This is a very smart, and underutilized, resource.
Enter details about your history and the type of treatment you prefer anonymously, and providers in your area who are accepting new patients can then reach out to you through the system with their contact information.
Your request stays completely anonymous – no providers are ever given your contact information directly. You can review provider information, and choose whether or not it looks like an appropriate fit for you. If so, give them a call. You know they're taking patients as they contacted you first.
3. Check in with your primary care doctor and see if they’re able to prescribe Suboxone, or willing to get the waiver required to prescribe it.
There is no shame in letting your general practitioner know you're struggling with opioid addiction, and asking them to help you with medication-assisted treatment like Suboxone. The more those of us who are personally affected by addiction speak up, the more medical providers will understand they need to make treatment readily available. Our doctors don't know we need treatment until we tell them.
Although it’s commonly assumed that you must seek addiction treatment apart from primary care, there is a push to have primary care doctors get the waiver and be able to prescribe Suboxone and other buprenorphine medications. Some primary care physicians, in response to the opioid crisis, are choosing to treat opioid addiction. And if your primary care doc won't personally prescribe Suboxone, they may know another doctor who will be able to help.
4. Look for telehealth treatment options.
Healthcare is making strides to keep up with technology, and addiction treatment is no exception. At Workit Health, we offer online Suboxone treatment via telehealth in Michigan and California after the first in-person visit. This allows us to treat people from more rural areas where Suboxone doctors are more difficult to find.
5. Review SAMHSA’s buprenorphine provider locator.
That’s right, there’s a third Suboxone directory on this list. If you can’t find a provider on Suboxone.com or Treatmentmatch.org, head over to SAMHSA’s Physican Locator to find physicians who will prescribe buprenorphine. According to the NAABT, about half of all doctors listed aren’t accepting new patients. Don’t let that discourage you. Follow the call guidelines set out above and reach out to everyone in your area. Treatment is worth the work!
6. Look into methadone clinics in your area, and see if they offer buprenorphine.
This is really where the whole idea of a Suboxone so-called clinic comes from. Methadone clinics, or what are called opioid treatment programs, are specifically regulated and have a different style of treatment than office-based opioid addiction treatment. Usually, you’ll come in once a day for medication, and gradually earn take-home medication as you adhere to therapy, pass drug testing, and progress in the program. Opioid treatment programs are often state or federally funded, making them an affordable option.
Due to restrictions on who can prescribe Suboxone and other types of buprenorphine, and how many patients those providers can oversee, it can feel exhausting to find a Suboxone provider. But don’t let that discourage you. Finding a supportive care team to help you meet your recovery goals is absolutely worth it.