FAQ’s For Your First Appointment
Detailed answeres to our most frequently asked questions about Suboxone and medication-
If I call you or make an appointment will anyone else find out?
No. Your personal information is private and confidential. We will not disclose your participation in our program under any circumstances. You are protected by federal law. No one at your workplace, law enforcement or family is entitled to know you are seeking treatment.
What happens at my first visit?
You should allow at least 90 minutes or your first visit. Our offices are set up just like any typical doctor’s office. . A medical assistant will take your vitals and ask you some questions about your history. At that point you are ready to see one of our providers. Your first appointment should take twenty to thirty minutes with the provider. During your appointment, your provider will determine what the best course of action will be..
Do I need to be in withdrawal before I take my first dose of Suboxone or other buprenorphine medication?
Patients are recommended to be in “MIld Withdrawal” as defined by the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS). If you are not experiencing mild withdrawal symptoms, you risk putting yourself into severe withdrawal when you take your first buprenorphine dose. Please be honest with your provider about your drug history so they can help you smoothly transition to buprenorphine.
Am I trading one addiction for another?
Buprenorphine is a bridge.between using opioids to get high and being completely free of all opioids. For some period of time (and it depends on the patient), buprenorphine allows patients to get their lives back in order. Taken as prescribed, it does not get you high and allows you to avoid withdrawal and cravings while at the same time allowing you to lead a normal, functional, responsible life. For as long as you are taking buprenorphine, you will remain dependent on opioids. When it’s time for you to taper off completely, you will need lots of support and we are here to do whatever we can to help.
What do I do if I need help between visits?
Call and speak with a counselor. We are here never hestiate to call. If you are having a health emergency please call 911 imediatly.
What are the side effects of Suboxone?
he side effects are typically mild, but can be exacerbated by combining your use of Suboxone with other substances. Common side effects of Suboxone include headache, drowsiness, diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
How long will I need to be on Suboxone?
The period of time that you will need to be on Suboxone will be a decision that you and your doctor will make. Extensive research has proven that Suboxone is safe to use both long- and short-term. Some people take Suboxone for long periods of time, while others only take it for a little while before tapering off.
Do You Follow a 12 Step Model?
The 12-step model is not a mandatory part of our comprehensive treatment model, but we strongly encourage patients to participate in a 12-step group or another self-help group during their treatment and addiction recovery.
What Does Outpatient Rehab Involve?
Our outpatient treatment programs are based on proven practices. And because they are most effective in a group setting, we combine individual, group, and family therapy sessions with a monthly physician visit. The length of our program is based on the personal needs of the patient.
I am addicted to opioids, and still have pain.
We work with some of the best pain management specialists in the region and can help find an approach to managing your pain while trying to reduce and eventually eliminate your use of pain pills.
What is the cost of outpatient treatment?
The cost of drug addiction treatment is based on individual clinical needs and services provided. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and every major form of insurance to offset these
Discover how counseling works in conjunction with medication-assisted treatment.
Medications such as methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can alleviate the distress of opioid withdrawal. But medication alone can’t prepare you to achieve successful long-term recovery from opioid addiction. That’s why Sunrise Health & Gold Country Health offer counseling in addition to prescription medications. Prescription medications allow you to regain your physical strength and mental clarity, while counseling helps you make the lifestyle changes that will enable you to pursue an opioid-free future.
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