Suboxone, or Buprenorphine, is a regularly prescribed substance used for opioid dependence treatment. Physicians who prescribe Suboxone will often also suggest tandem involvement in Substance Abuse Treatment, or 12 Step Program. Buprenorphine is munfactured in many forms; the most common are:
- Suboxone Strips taken sublingually (under the tongue)
- On the skin as a transdermal patch
- a subcutaneous injection called Sublocade
- Probuphine sells an implant that can provide continuous delivery for six months
Choosing a Colorado Suboxone Doctor
When selecting a Suboxone Doctor in Colorado there are a few important factors to consider. To ensure success with MAT, selecting a Suboxone doctor that monitors your progress closely is an critical aspect of recovery. Speak with the physician and ask them how closely they monitor their clients, if they ever allow clients to take a few doses of Suboxone home to be self-administered, and the length of time before they might begin sending clients home with multiple doses.
Availability, distance, and office hours are also key factors to consider when looking for a physician. Due to limits on the number of patients a physician can treat, it may be difficult to located a qualified physician in or near Colorado. However, if you work, go to school, or have a family that relies on you, then driving across town for your Suboxone treatment might not be practical. Our directory or helpline can assist you in looking for a physician who works well for you and who is currently accepting new patients.
Success Rates of Suboxone Maintenance and Medically Assisted Detox
There are a lot of inconsistencies in the success rates of Suboxone and Medically Assisted Detox, mostly depending on the quality of care. Not all Suboxone Doctors or Medically Assisted Detoxes are equal. Unfortunately, there is a high rate of fraud in the healthcare system, and even the Suboxone Maintenance industry is no exception. A trusted Suboxone doctor is recommended to improve the likelihood of success with MAT assisted treatment.
Suboxone Doctors accept various insurance plans and cash payments. Learn how you can pay for treatment by reaching out to your Suboxone Doctor’s office. Remember that depending on the doctor, even if they accept insurance, they may not accept yours. If you are eligible for coverage under your insurance plan, make sure you ask them what additional out of pocket costs may be associated. Finally, always call your insurance to determine your deductible, out of pockets, and copays prior to going to the Suboxone Doctor in Colorado.
Alternatives to Suboxone Treatment in Colorado
Suboxone is only one of numerous treatment options for those addicted to opioids. There are alternative medication assisted treatments that have historically been used in Colorado to treat addiction to opiates, including methadone and Naltrexone. These medications might be available to you but have different regulations. For example, methadone can only be administered at a licensed methadone clinic and not by an individual practitioner. For struggling addicts who are motivated to find recovery and who have access to a safe and supportive living environment, these medically assisted treatment options might work for you.
The following are indications that an individual is NOT a good candidate for Suboxone treatment:
- Presence of suicidal thoughts
- Untreated dual diagnosis
- alcohol addiction
- Previous adverse reaction to Suboxone
- Taking other medications that do not react well with Suboxone
- Previous abuse of MAT
For individuals who are not a good candidate for Suboxone treatment, unmedicated detox may be the best alternative option. For individuals who plan to take this route, they can expect intense flu-like withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings. It is strongly recommended to reach out to a Colorado opioid detox facility that can help manage these symptoms.