Suboxone FAQ

How do I know if Suboxone is right for me?

If you have struggled with a dependence on opioids, Suboxone can be an effective maintenance tool to help you remain drug-free as you work on your recovery. A medical professional can work with you to help determine if this substance is a good fit for your comprehensive treatment and aftercare plans.

Can I become addicted to Suboxone?

As is the case with many medications, Suboxone can be addictive if used incorrectly. However, if you follow the guidelines set forth by the prescribing physician, you can use this medication safely and without fear of developing dependence. Suboxone works by interacting with the same brain receptors that are affected by opioids, but its use does not produce the same euphoric state that these drugs are known elicit. Instead, Suboxone reduces cravings for heroin and similar opioids, helping you to remain true to your goals for recovery.

Will Suboxone show up on a drug screening?

If you are concerned about how Suboxone will affect the result of a drug screening, it is important to know that buprenorphine, which is the primary active ingredient in Suboxone, will only show up on a drug screening if the test is specifically designed to detect it. Suboxone is a safe and legal medication, and if you have a prescription for this substance, you should not need to worry about legal ramifications or employment complications because of your use of this medication.

How long will I need to be on Suboxone?

Everyone’s treatment experience will differ slightly, and this is also true for aftercare planning. The length of time you spend on Suboxone will be based on your personal strengths and challenges, and will ultimately be decided upon by you and your treatment provider. Some people stay on Suboxone for a few months, while others find it helpful to use the drugs for many years. Since the medication remains effective for both short- and long-term use, it can be used to stop cravings and alleviate symptoms of withdrawal for as long as you need it.

Does Suboxone interact with other drugs or medications?

In speaking with your treatment provider about a Suboxone prescription, be sure to mention any other drugs or medications you are currently using. As is the case with many medications, Suboxone can cause a strong reaction if taken in combination with certain other substances such as alcohol, sedatives, opioids, or narcotics.

What if I no longer wish to take Suboxone? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

As stated above, Suboxone is a flexible option for those who wish to end their dependence on opioids. Because it is safe and effective for both short- and long-term use, you can taper and eventually cease your Suboxone use as you and your treatment provider see fit.

What is Suboxone treatment like at Wilmington?

At Wilmington Treatment Center, our medical team evaluates each patient to determine if Suboxone would be a beneficial addition to his or her comprehensive treatment plan. If so, patients receive a daily dose which is administered by our nursing staff. We also offer other medications that are similar to Suboxone, such as Subutex, which is safe for pregnant women and for use in the detox setting.

During their stay at Wilmington, patients will be responsible for the cost of their insurance co-pays for Suboxone or Subutex treatments. After being discharged from our center, patients will be referred to outpatient providers who can continue prescribing these medications for as long as they are helpful.