You will be given a comprehensive substance dependence assessment, as well as a physical exam. We will go over your medical history and discuss the pros and cons of Suboxone. During your intake we will also discuss our treatment policies and expectations.
For your induction visit you should arrive in a state of mild to moderate withdrawal (consult with our office staff for instructions). You will be switched from your current opioid (heroin, methadone or prescription pain killers) on to Suboxone. Before any medication is given we will ask for a urine sample. A urine sample is taken to verify the presence of opioids and or any other drugs. You will receive your first dose of Suboxone in our office and be monitored by Dr. Sanchez. You may receive additional medication, if necessary and follow up as specified by Dr. Sanchez.
Your appointments will vary at first during the monitoring process, every induvial has a different tolerance or reaction to Suboxone. During the first few weeks your dosage may be adjusted until your body adapts to Suboxone. Once you are on a stable dose you should not feel any withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
Urine screens are then required and will be done at random to insure patients are being compliant with our treatment.
You will be seen on a monthly basis to ensure treatment compliance and progress. Suboxone treatment can take a few months or even years, this depends on the individual. The length of treatment will be determined by you and Dr. Sanchez throughout the course of your treatment. You can decide to be gradually be tapered off Suboxone as your treatment progresses. Please do not attempt to do this on your own. Always consult a physician.
Once a specific dosage is set you will be given a prescription, this prescription can be filled at your local pharmacy. Please take into consideration you are to stay with one pharmacy only.
Our practice also offers counseling with substance abuse therapist Claire Desantis. Counseling is highly recommended as therapy can help people recovering from opioid addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to prescribed drug abuse..
Lost or stolen medications:
Please read our policy on lost or stolen medication. This should be included in your new patient packet.
*Induction cost does not include medication. Each film or tablet is separate and priced individually.
Vivitrol is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment for alcohol dependence. Alcohol addiction affects people psychologically and physically. Psychological, biological, social, and physiological factors might all play a role in whether or not a person comes to abuse drugs or alcohol. With therapy, a person who has become dependent on drugs or alcohol is often more likely to overcome an addiction. Counseling is an essential part of recovery. Please contact our office for more information.