Suboxone clinics provide Suboxone medication to those struggling with opioid addiction. Suboxone helps alleviate withdrawal symptoms right away, and is also taken long-term to help with cravings and prevent relapse.
Suboxone clinics are:
(Also known as: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs)
How Do Suboxone Clinics Work?
The first appointment is the longest to establish baseline vitals and time the medication based on the time of the last drug use. An initial appointment can take 2-3 and around an hour for all other appointments.
On your first appointment you:
- Check-in and meet with the medical team (~45 minutes)
- Get Suboxone (called an induction)
- Meet with a counselor
Going to a Suboxone clinic isn’t scary. Here are actual photos of Symetria Suboxone clinic buildings, teams and offices:
How often to I have to go to the Suboxone clinic?
You’ll check in more regularly for the first few weeks. Then, you may only need to check in monthly, while you take the medication at home every day. The specifics depend on the clinic rules and patient progress.
Some patients stay on Suboxone for years. You may consider talking to your medical team about tapering off Suboxone if you’re feeling confident after 6-12 months without abusing any opioids.
Who can prescribe Suboxone?
Doctors need specific authorization from the Department of Health & Human Services to provide Suboxone. The number of prescriptions an authorized doctor can write is monitored and limited. You can’t get Suboxone from a typical primary care physician.
How do I get Suboxone?
Suboxone clinics with an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) license are able to provide the Suboxone directly at the clinic.
Without the OTP license, the prescription is sent to a pharmacy. And, most pharmacies (including CVS, Walgreens and Walmart) too often refuse to fill these highly regulated prescriptions. Patients are asked to jump through hoops or are flat-out denied, leaving them with no medication. This is why most patients prefer Suboxone clinics.
OTPs are also allowed to provide methadone (Methadose) or buprenorphine injections (Sublocade).
Do Suboxone doctors take insurance?
Yes, most Suboxone clinics accept health insurance whether through an employer or public health insurances like Medicare or Medicaid. (Our Suboxone services are in-network with all major health insurers — including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Evernorth, Humana and UnitedHealthcare).
What happens if you relapse?
Suboxone clinics do drug test. Some providers kick you out for a failed drug test. That’s not realistic and not what happens here. We’ll talk about any relapse together and get you any extra support you want.
Suboxone Clinic Full Services
Suboxone clinics offer more than Suboxone. Therapy is a part of all Suboxone clinics and is recommended in conjunction with Suboxone by every major health organization, including the World Health Organizationⓘ and the National Institue on Drug Abuseⓘ.
The requirements for therapy vary by clinic. Usually, it’s monthly check-ins. Here, therapy is unlimited and available virtually if needed.
Symetria includes all evidence-based treatments to ensure patients have everything they need and to find what works for each person. Most Suboxone clinics won’t offer all of these services.
- Vivitrol – a non-addictive FDA-approved medication for addiction given as a monthly shot (See the What is Vivitrol? or Vivitrol vs. Suboxone articles)
- Methadone – FDA-approved medication for opioid addiction that is taken every day at an OTP clinic (See the Suboxone vs. Methadone article)
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – group therapy several times per week (see the What is an IOP Program? article)
- Dual Diagnosis – Diagnoses, therapy and medications for other mental health issues, most commonly depression, anxiety or trauma
If Suboxone alone isn’t working for you, you still have options. You may need to find a different clinic or layer in outside services if your Suboxone clinic doesn’t offer everything you need.
Is a Suboxone Clinic Right For You?
Suboxone clinics can be:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 2.4 million Americans used Buprenorphine last year. (Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in Suboxone).ⓘ
Out of the three FDA-approved medications for opioid addiction, Suboxone offers the best combination of convenience, treatment acceptance and effectiveness. The use of buprenorphine increased by 125% over the last nine years. Though, sadly, most people with opioid use disorder don’t get treatment. The gap in treatment is worse for the youngest patient group (ages 15-24).
Suboxone Use by Age Group
Finding a Suboxone Clinic
Criteria of Top Suboxone Clinics
Known for high-success rates and comprehensive treatment that follows the science, including unlimited one-on-one therapy sessions.
Services: Offers Vivitrol, methadone and IOP in addition to Suboxone, which includes outpatient opioid detox. Plus, dual diagnosis (for depression, anxiety, trauma).
How Can I Find Suboxone Clinics Online?
If you don’t live nearby in Illinois or Texas, don’t worry. With insurance, call the number on the back of your insurance card or visit the insurance company’s online directory.
If you don’t have insurance, the U.S. government offers a free directory of treatment centers.
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