How Can Suboxone Therapy Help Treat Opiate Addiction?
Opiate addiction has become a very serious problem in today's society. The number of opiate related deaths has continued to climb for many years. Suboxone is a medical therapy option for those who are chemically addicted to opiates and can help people return to a healthy, functional life. Suboxone and it's generic equivalents attach to chemical receptors in the brain just as other opiates do. This keeps the body from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. The naloxone in the medication also inhibits other opioids from affecting the body if they are consumed.
Suboxone therapy has three stages: Induction, Maintenance, and Taper. The induction stage involves a patient and physician finding the correct dose of medication. Dosing should not be started until the patient is starting to experience symptoms of withdrawl. The maintenance stage involves the patient being on Suboxone for a period of time until they are able to become stable physically and mentally. When that time occurs, a physician begins to taper the patient off the medication slowly by reducing the dose incrementally to allow the body to adjust.
While the medication is a great tool to help combat opiate addiction, recovery requires more effort in the form of continuous psychosocial therapy. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a list of counseling resources to help navigate this aspect of recovery.
7596 Slate Ridge Blvd
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Phone: (614) 906-2667
Fax: (888) 662-0149
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What Happens at a Visit?
Patients sign in at the front desk and fill out paperwork at each and every visit. Patients are typically seen on a first come first serve basis.
Patients sit down with a physician one-on-one to discuss their history, current status, and future goals. A treatment plan is formulated and patients are given a prescription to take to the pharmacy.
Each visit, patients are required to provide a urine sample to identify what substances are in their bodies. This is in order to monitor that patients are not consuming substances harmful to their recovery, and that patients are taking their Suboxone medication as directed.
Patients pick their prescription up at the pharmacy. Most insurances will pay for Suboxone or its generic equivalent, however, many require a prior authorization before they will pay for the medication. This is a simple fax that the office sends to the insurance company. Prior authorization approvals are usual dependent on the compliance of the patient with the rules and regulations of the program. If a patient relapses, misses appointments, or does not receive sufficient counseling, insurance companies may deny these authorizations, forcing patients to pay out of pocket.
Group counseling sessions are provided by a licensed chemical dependency counselor assistant.
It is recommended that patients receive weekly counseling. Patients can contact their insurance company to see if individual counseling is covered, or patients can visit www.samhsa.org or www.na.org to find local group counseling sessions in their area.
Schedule an Appointment
Use the form below to contact us regarding your interest in becoming a patient. After you fill out and submit the form, we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule an appointment.
Please be advised, new patient fees are currently $250 and monthly follow up fees are $200. We do not accept insurance for office visits, however, insurances usually cover the cost of the medication at the pharmacy.