Last updated: 09/18/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Suboxone is the brand name for the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that “works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence” while naloxone guards against possible misuse of the drug (FDA). Even though Suboxone is a relatively new treatment for this condition, it is extremely effective. Fortunately, there are many places in which an individual addicted to opioid drugs can find Suboxone help.
The FDA states, “Suboxone is less tightly controlled than methadone because [the drug has] a lower potential for abuse and is less dangerous in an overdose.” This also means that it can be found and prescribed in more places than methadone and other opioid addiction medications. Some doctors are actually able to prescribe the drug in their own offices, which is a departure from the way methadone is prescribed.
“Only qualified doctors with the necessary DEA identification number are able to start in-office treatment,” but this wider availability is extremely beneficial to patients. With the SAMHSA Physician and Treatment Program Locator, you can find doctors in your area who are qualified to prescribe Suboxone and give advice on medication-related treatment for opioid addiction. In addition, you may also want to ask your personal physician if they are able to prescribe the drug or know any doctors to whom they can refer you.
Licensed Suboxone doctors are all over the country and can be easily found through government registries and websites. Setting up an appointment at one of these offices will put you on track to fast, easy Suboxone help and, over time, you may even be able to take the medication home. Most pharmacies have Suboxone available to fill a prescription for those receiving treatment from a doctor.
Doctors’ offices aren’t the only places where you can be prescribed Suboxone. There are treatment centers around the country that provide the medication, just like with methadone and naltrexone. According to SAMHSA, “Pharmacological therapy alone rarely achieves long-term success. Thus treatment with buprenorphine products should be combined with concurrent behavioral therapies and with the provision of needed social services.”
At a treatment center you can find both access to Suboxone as well as behavioral therapies and a trained medical staff with the desire to help you. These facilities can be either inpatient or outpatient based, and depending on your needs, you can choose the one that works best for you. Treatment centers can be found at our website, and you can call to find out if a particular facility you are interested in provides this specific medication.
Many treatment centers provide Suboxone as an alternative to methadone. Especially those individuals who have just come off of methadone treatment will often benefit from this medication, and outpatient clinics will often provide it to those who need long-lasting treatment as “a 6 mg dose should alleviate withdrawal symptoms… for least 24 hours” (FDA).
You can find Suboxone help in many places and should choose one depending on the extent of your needs. Suboxone can be prescribed in doctors’ offices, treatment centers, and rehab clinics, and the facilities that do so can be found easily through Internet directories and consultations.