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“What we do works. I have seen wedding pictures, graduation pictures, photos from vacations. I have held babies. I have read letters from patients telling me how we literally saved their lives.”

— Dr. Flora Sadri, Center Medical Director, CleanSlate

Addiction has always been a part of your life. From the beginning, it felt like an integral part of you. You knew the stories and what people usually said, but it hadn’t been something that negatively impacted your life – until one day, it did.

It started with getting into small arguments with your partner. They wanted you clean. They were worried about you and how you hid so much from them because of it. You thought it would blow over, but they started threatening to leave you.

Then you lost your job over too many missed days or days where you came in still strung out. You’d gotten warnings first, but after one too many, you were asked to leave.

The final straw, however, was two weeks ago when you watched your friend overdose. It was one of the scariest things you remember to date, and it shook you enough to make you start looking at recovery. But you haven’t had much luck. Where do you start? You’d tried to wean yourself off before, but you remembered how bad the withdrawals were. Could a rehab center help with those?

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Nearly 70% of all drug overdoses in the United States are related to opioids. Our team at CleanSlate is deeply familiar with exactly how opioids can impact a person’s life, from overdoses to withdrawal, to job and relationship loss, and more. We offer comprehensive treatment to address withdrawal symptoms and provide integrated care that sets our clients up for long-term recovery.

Suboxone is one of the most common medications that we utilize in opioid addiction treatment. Let’s look at what it is, how it’s used, and some of the ways we pair it with treatment to help you reach your recovery goals.

What We Treat: Opioid Addiction at CleanSlate

Opioid addiction is a very real and prevalent concern across the United States. Not only do opioids come in many different forms, but the beginning of an opioid use disorder can stem from many different things.

Unlike substances such as cocaine or methamphetamines, the term “opioid addiction” covers a wider swath of substances. This ranges from illicit opioids like heroin to pharmaceutical, synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Opioid use disorders can stem from a bad accident where you’re prescribed pain relievers, or from a party where your friends convinced you to try heroin for the first time.

There is no one way that someone might develop an opioid use disorder, and our team of experts understands that. That’s why our medical staff is well-versed in all forms of opioid use so we can be best equipped to help you reach your recovery goals.

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navigating suboxone treatment for opioid dependency

How We Treat: Medication-Assisted Treatment Using Suboxone

Medication-assisted treatment, commonly referred to as MAT, is the process of using FDA-approved medications for substance recovery. The most common substance use disorders that MAT assists with are opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders.

There are three primary kinds of medication used in MAT programs: naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone. Studies also show that MAT is most effective in long-term recovery when paired with therapy and treatment. 

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a form of buprenorphine. It is a form of opioid, however, unlike other opioids like heroin or fentanyl, buprenorphine has a ceiling. This means that there is a point where even if you take more of the medication, the effects do not increase.

Additionally, buprenorphine helps block out the effects of other opioids that enter your system. This can help prevent returning to use and even overdose.

How Our Suboxone Clinic Works

When a new client comes into our MAT clinic seeking a Suboxone prescription, our team of licensed, medical professionals work with you to help determine their needs. This includes going through our medication options, such as Suboxone, and looking into our outpatient treatment plans to support you during your recovery. 

Once a Suboxone prescription is given, patients return on a regular basis for refills. They come on-site and receive check-ups at the same time to ensure the medication is working as expected and treatment is going well. Over time, the frequency of these visits might lessen as the client transitions towards long-term recovery away from CleanSlate.  

How Is Suboxone Administered to Patients?

There are many forms of MAT medications, buprenorphine included. In the case of Suboxone, it’s a sublingual film that is taken orally and partnered with counseling and behavioral therapy for the best results. 

How Do You Know If You Might Benefit from Suboxone?

Taking the step toward recovery and deciding to utilize medications in this process can often be two separate decisions. Our trained, professional team here at CleanSlate understands the importance of transparency during the recovery process. We believe in helping ensure clients understand what options are available and what those options entail.

If you’ve attempted recovery before from opioids and you found that the withdrawal process or the cravings involved greatly impeded your recovery, medications like Suboxone can be very beneficial. You will work alongside our medical staff to determine the specifics of your treatment plan so we can ensure you know what options might work best for your specific history and needs.  

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What Do I Need to Know About Taking Suboxone?

When it comes to any prescription medication, it’s important to know its purpose and how it may impact your body. There’s always a chance for side effects and potential interactions with other medications. Being fully aware of what a medication is supposed to do for you can help you know if it’s working for you in the long run.

Let’s take a closer look at Suboxone, how it’s prescribed, and the potential benefits or side effects.

Does a Suboxone Doctor Prescribe the Medication?

MAT facilities are required to have licensed medical staff on hand who have undergone the proper certification to prescribe MAT medications like suboxone. Not every primary care physician is trained and licensed to be able to prescribe Suboxone. Additionally, even those who are don’t always have the same resources available that a dedicated MAT clinic like CleanSlate does. MAT clinics offer additional, ongoing support to help ensure you’re setup for long-term success in recovery.

Is Suboxone Addiction Possible?

Addiction is a very complex subject, but generally speaking Suboxone addiction, or buprenorphine addiction, isn’t something that often happens. Suboxone has a ceiling effect, meaning that there comes a point where, even if you take more of the medication, you won’t feel further effects. Additionally, those with a Suboxone prescription have regular check-ins with medical teams to monitor their progress and treatment overall.

Can You Use Suboxone if You’re Pregnant?

There is still much ongoing research regarding the use of Suboxone while pregnant. Our team here at CleanSlate is dedicated to helping our pregnant clients find a suitable pregnancy-safe plan to address addiction and recovery. You deserve to have options available for you to assist you in your healing journey.

We will work with you and discuss your history of substance use, your medical history, and other pregnancy needs to figure out what medication or treatment will suit your specific needs.

Potential Interactions With Other Drugs

If you’re on other prescription medications, or you’re partaking in other levels of substance use, it’s important to be honest with your medical team about this. There are certain medications, especially other central nervous system depressants, that can negatively interact with Suboxone.

Is Suboxone Covered by Insurance or Medicaid/Medicare?

When treating an opioid use disorder, many insurances, including Medicaid and Medicare, often cover Suboxone prescriptions. Some may still have a small co-payment for the medication, depending on your specific insurance.

If you would like a better estimate of your potential costs, feel free to reach out and we will help.

Can I Get Same-Day Suboxone Treatment?

Yes, Cleanslate offers same-day Suboxone prescriptions.

When clients come into our doors seeking treatment and recovery, we assess them in a one-on-one fashion to help determine what the need level is. We want to understand you better and learn what your wants and needs are when it comes to recovery. After an assessment, a treatment plan is worked out. This can include same-day suboxone prescriptions depending on each client’s unique needs and history.

Start Suboxone Treatment Today at CleanSlate

If you’re looking to start your recovery journey away from opioid use, our team at CleanSlate is here to help with locations throughout the United States. We believe in making addiction recovery accessible to as many people as possible. This is why we accept clients of all types and histories and also are in-network with most major insurances, including Medicaid. 

Recovery is always an option, and our team at CleanSlate is here for you whenever you’re ready. We will work with you to help make a plan to suit your needs. Just give us a call anytime at 833-505-4673 and we can get started today.

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