Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment

Suboxone Saves Lives

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is an FDA approved medication that is used to treat opioid addiction as well as providing pain control. Suboxone has two components; Buprenorphine and Naloxone.

Buprenorphine is an opiate partial agonsist, meaning that it partially binds to the opioid’s receptor, however, not to the same degree as other opioids. There are many opioids which have only agonist activity, such as Heroin, Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Morphine, MS Contin, and Methadone. Having only agonist activity means that they bind completely to the receptor. Although other opioids bind completely to the opioid receptor, the brain prefers buprenorphine.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is not absorbed orally, meaning that it does not take effect when taken under the tongue. Suboxone treatment should only be administered under the direction of a licensed professional.

What do I need to bring with me on my first appointment?

It is important that you have your insurance information and card, a photo ID, and any medical records that may be relevant to your condition as well as a list of your current medications, including the dosage and amounts. It is important to be as honest and thorough as possible during your first visit so that we can set up a treatment plan that will help you achieve the best possible results.

Will my insurance cover it?

Most insurance companies cover the medication, Addiction Control Center accepts most major health insurance plans. Any co-payments are due at the time of service.
How long will my treatment plan last?
Just as individuals vary, so do their treatment plans. There is no “set” amount of time for a patient’s treatment, each program will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual, in order for them to achieve the best recovery solution.

Addiction Control Center of Pittsburgh can assist you in your journey towards recovery, providing the resources and the guidance that you need to heal. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.