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Suboxone Treatment Tucson

Suboxone Treatments in Tucson by Shawn PlattDr. Shawn Platt is a SUBOXONE certified physician that is certified to prescribe and help patients move from their opioid dependence. Dr. Platt has been working in the field of medical supervised addiction recovery for over 10 years. As a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr Platt is uniquely qualified to help patients who struggle with addictions. He’s helped hundreds of patients with a caring and supportive protocol that addresses the medical withdraws from opioids and helping them to embark on the journey of addiction recovery.

Under federal regulations, qualified physicians may obtain a waiver, allowing them to prescribe approved Schedule III-V medications for the treatment of opioid dependence. Before SUBOXONE, this type of treatment was available only in federally approved Opioid Treatment programs, known as methadone clinics.

What are the positives of SUBOXONE treatment?

  • Long acting and adjustable dosage to help with induction and taper.
  • New, safe and effective medicine for opioid addiction
  • Associated with less stigma of drug abuse
  • Less potential for dependency

What are some of the negatives of SUBOXONE treatment?

In many cases your insurance will cover the medication but the office visits are cash based. There can be a bad taste from the microfilm dosage. It is an opioid agonist, and dependency can develop over therapy. Withdraw can occur from stopping treatment abruptly. This is the most strictly regulated drug by the DEA. Only specialized clinics can manage SUBOXONE patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone Treatment Tucson InformationDoes buprenorphone SUBOXONE, show up in an employer drug screen?
Buprenorphine (SUBOXONE) will NOT cause positive results when testing for other opiates. There are complex tests that can screen for the specific metabolites found when taking SUBOXONE. A typical urine drug screen is used to detect methadone, heroin, oxycodone and other opioids.

How soon can I go back to work?
We recommend that you take the first day of treatment off of work. After the first day of SUBOXONE treatment you should be able to return to work with more clarity and effectiveness. For most patients that transition from opioids to SUBOXONE the process is painless and there are no adverse effects. Many patients comment that they feel ‘normal’ again, as if they’ve never taken drugs at all.

How often will I be seen at Cornerstone?
The guidelines for care of SUBOXONE patients is to see you weekly for the first month. The first few days of your treatment we may be monitoring you closer to ensure the proper dosage has been achieved. After the first month of treatment our goal is to see you on a bi-weekly basis. All dosage amounts are personally tailored to each individual patient. How often we see you will ultimately be determined by your Doctor.

Is SUBOXONE the answer for keeping me off all drugs?
When you start a SUBOXONE problem, many patients experience feeling good again or like your old self. Over time you will start curbing your cravings for opioids, you’ll start feeling better physically. With feeling better comes confidence, some patients get a false sense that have their opioid dependence under control. Old habits will take over and you may find yourself back using. Part of our program involves regular drug testing and positive results for illicit drugs can lead to discharge from our clinic.

Why is counseling such an important part of the treatment process?
Medication (SUBOXONE) can reduce the physical cravings and withdrawl, but recovering from an addiction requires change in your emotions, brain wiring and life patterns. It’s important that you remove as many things in your life that cause depression or stress. Dealing with the triggers, people, places and events that were part of your addiction are important parts of the recovery process.
It is critical that you find a therapist or addiction counselor that specializes in treating patients that use medications like SUBOXONE in their treatment plan. It pays to find a therapist that understand the role of medications in addiction recovery. Not all are open to the use of SUBOXONE. Our clinic will help you find the appropriate care.

A strong, nurturing counseling relationship helps patients rebuild relationships in their lives, assume family responsibilities, decrease stress and depression. These meaningful changes occur through dealing with the underlining issues associated with addiction.

What are common SUBOXONE side effects?

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dry Mouth

Does Insurance cover SUBOXONE?
Most insurance carriers cover the SUBOXONE medication themselves but we do not take insurance for your treatment. The cost of care at Cornerstone Family Medicine is $245 for the first visit and $135 per visit after that. We do require urine toxicology screens with each visit. You may be required to pay for these screens if you do not have appropriate insurance.

What are some opioid drugs and their names?
Most people know opioids as pain killers such as hydrocone, oxycodone, morphine, methadone with brand names such as OxyContin, Percocet, Palladone, Vicodin, Tylox, Demerol. Other well known drugs of abuse include cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, GHB, Ketamine or steroids.