When a person decides to get off heroin, going away to a residential rehabilitation program or a medical detox may not be an option. Not everyone can drop everything their doing and take a month off. This reason combined with others is why many people seek out suboxone doctors.
When an individual makes the decision to see a suboxone doctor the first step is to go online and find a doctor in their area. The amount of suboxone doctors in each area will vary but it’s always important to call and see how much they charge for the initial and subsequent doctors visits. If the individual calling for services has insurance, ask if the doctor accepts that insurance. Medicaid will cover some certified suboxone doctors as well. Remember this is a monthly visit so make sure its affordable. Cash pay prices can range from $75 to $400 or higher depending on the area. The medication can also be expensive if the person doesn’t have a health care plan or prescription drug coverage. Call pharmacies in the area to compare drug prices, also ask the doctor for a prescription for a generic version of the medication prescribed, if its available.
The initial visit at a suboxone doctor can take approximately forty-five minutes to an hour. The Doctor typically has paperwork for the patient to fill out concerning the patient’s addiction history. After the paperwork is completed the doctor will meet with the individual and go over the history of the persons drug use to get a better understanding of usage and patterns of use. Things they may do physical wise are taking weight and height, checking vision and reflex as well as blood pressure. After the physical portion is complete the suboxone doctor or nurse will take a urine sample for the drug test and some will even take a blood test to make sure the liver is functioning properly because Suboxone can cause liver damage in rare cases. Do not be afraid of the urine testing. They understand most people are going to, especially their first time, be positive for narcotics. If a patient has no opiates in their system, the doctor may actually not even prescribe suboxone. This is because they do not want people coming in claiming they have a substance abuse disorder just to get a prescription and sell it.
After this is all done the doctor will write a prescription, explain the medication and advise on how to take the medication. Suboxone doctors vary in how often they will want their patients to return for a checkup. Sometimes as an “induction” phase the patient may receive a script for one film that day. After the patient gets the one suboxone film from the pharmacy they will return to the clinic and take the film in front of the doctor. The doctor will then evaluate the suboxone recipient and makes sure they’re OK. The patient will get a script for another day or two worth of medication and return the next day or day after and the doctor speaks to the person and makes sure they feel OK and are not having severe side effects from the Suboxone. Other doctors may give a two-week supply and explain to the patient what “precipitated withdrawal” is and advise them to not take the medication too early. After this initial stage is over a patient will begin their monthly visits to the suboxone doctor and that takes approximately twenty minutes. Each visit the patient will fill out paperwork rating their overall withdrawal. There will be random drug testing and the test will include a panel for the medication the patient is prescribed to make sure they’re taking it as prescribed.
Overall it is a simple process. Seeing a suboxone doctor is a step in the right direction for anyone struggling with substance abuse. After the initial visit, which still doesn’t take that long a person’s responsibility is to take the medication as prescribed and show up on their appointments thereafter. If an individual has any questions or concerns about the medication prescribed the doctor should be accessible at reasonable hours to address any concerns one may have.