Frequently Asked Questions About Buprenorphine Maintenance Programs

How do I know if Buprenorphine is right for me?

Approved for the treatment of opioid addiction by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, Buprenorphine provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms that accompany withdrawal. In addition to providing much-needed relief, this medication also eliminates cravings for continued opioid use while provides patients the ability to focus on the reminder of their recovery with a clear mind. When taken as prescribed, Buprenorphine is an extremely safe treatment option for those battling an addiction to opioids. There are multiple medications available at Comprehensive Treatment Centers which is why patients should closely work with their treatment provider in order to determine the ideal medication based upon their treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine does carry addictive properties along with its use. However, when taken as prescribed under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional, the chances for addiction are extremely low. Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitors the prescription and administration of all medications in our treatment center which dramatically lowers the risk for abuse.

Will Buprenorphine show up on a drug screening?

Individuals who are required to complete a drug screen while in treatment will not test positive while taking Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine requires a specific test in order to detect its presence within the system. However, should a patient abuse opioids or other substances while in treatment, he or she will then test positive on a standard drug screen.

How long will I need to be on Buprenorphine?

Although the use of Buprenorphine is approved safe for long-term use, patients are not required to remain on this medication indefinitely. The length of time that a patient will take Buprenorphine will vary based upon his or her unique set of treatment requirements. By working closely with our medical team, patients are given the opportunity to customize a plan of treatment that matches their goals and requirements while in treatment.

Does Buprenorphine interact with other drugs or medications?

As dangerous interactions can occur when other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are combined with Buprenorphine, patients should make their treatment provider aware of any substances that he or she may be taking. Patients who are prescribed Buprenorphine should refrain from consuming alcohol and/or recreational drugs during the course of treatment due to the hazardous interactions that can occur.

What if I no longer wish to take Buprenorphine? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Individuals who no longer wish to remain on Buprenorphine should work closely with their treatment team in order to safely taper of off their dosage. Individuals who abruptly stop taking Buprenorphine place themselves at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. As soon as Buprenorphine is out of a patient’s system, he or she can either transition onto a different medication or remain opioid-free without the assistance of a prescription.

What is the cost of Buprenorphine treatment?

Treatment through Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized to meet the unique set of requirements that accompany each individual patient. Because of this, the final cost of care will vary patient-to-patient. To learn more about Buprenorphine as well as the other treatment options that we offer, please contact Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. We are here to provide you or someone that you love with the assistance in safely returning to a life without abuse and addiction.

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