Suboxone Treatment Questions
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Suboxone (buprenorphine) is medication used to recover from opioid addiction.
What is Suboxone used for, and how does it work?
Suboxone is the brand name for two generic medications: buprenorphine and naloxone. It has a low potential for misuse, but also works the same way in the brain as opioids which cause addiction, such as heroin and pain pills. This means it helps with withdrawal and cravings caused by opioid addiction. Many people say Suboxone, or other forms of buprenorphine/naloxone, helps them get their life back after opioid addiction.
Could I get addicted to Suboxone?
Any drug, or really anything that affects your brain chemistry, has addiction potential. Suboxone's potential for misuse, when taken as directed under medical care together with a counseling program, is lower than that of other opioids. When on the right dose of Suboxone, or other buprenorphine/naloxone medications, most people find that they don't have the cravings or obsession which can define addiction to other drugs.
Will Suboxone show up on a drug test?
The short answer: It depends on the type of drug test! If it's a standard drug test (like the type an employer might use), it typically won't show up on a drug panel. However, if you are being tested at a Suboxone program, they may be testing you specifically to ensure you're taking the medication that they're prescribing. In this case, they may be testing you specifically for the buprenorphine in Suboxone.
How long do I have to be on Suboxone? Will I need it long-term?
The length of your Suboxone treatment is entirely up to you and your medical care team. You should look for a Suboxone doctor who listens to your requests and honors your needs to either continue or change your medications. The evidence shows, however, that long-term Suboxone treatment can be beneficial.
Where can I get Suboxone treatment?
Workit Health offers Suboxone treatment in Michigan and California. If you aren't in our area, you can check out Suboxone.com for a directory of providers near you. The NAABT also has a directory called Treatment Match which will connect you with providers in your area.
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