Opiate addiction is one of the hardest addictions to overcome because of the strong physiological and psychological effects of opiate drugs. If you have tried multiple stints in rehab, meetings, and other therapeutic methods to stay sober and still have relapsed, you may need medication assisted treatment to finally stay in recovery for life.
Suboxone is one of the drugs that is used in medication assisted treatment. Suboxone includes the ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist because it attaches to the same opioid receptors that the opiate drugs would and blocks the effects of the drugs. Naloxone prevents you from getting a psychological high from suboxone, which would lead to addiction of suboxone and possibly attempting to inject it. The purpose of suboxone use is to have the physiological component of your addiction under control while you are working on the psychological component of your addiction. After you are confident that you have developed the tools to manage the psychological component, you will go through withdrawal under medical supervision to take care of the physiological component.
Many people have achieved lifelong sobriety courtesy to suboxone. If you feel that suboxone would be right for you, you should visit a doctor or addiction treatment center that prescribes suboxone. Most health insurances plans will cover some or all the costs of suboxone treatment. However, if you do not have health insurance, you should be aware of the costs of suboxone treatment and consider how you will pay for them.
The Costs of Suboxone Treatment
The exacts costs of suboxone treatment will vary by region, doctor, pharmacy, and clinic. The average cost of 14 suboxone films varies by strength of buprenorphine/naloxone.
• Two milligrams/0.5 of a milligram: 60 dollars
• Four milligrams/one milligram: 100 dollars
• Eight milligrams/ two milligrams: 110 dollars
• 12 milligrams/three milligrams: 216 dollars
The first doctor’s visit is typically around 300 dollars. The following doctor’s visits are typically around 175 dollars per visit.
The total cost of suboxone treatment per month can range from 180 dollars to 720 dollars.
Do not purchase suboxone off the street. They are sold by drug dealers who sell harmful and illegal drugs and only care about their own profits; therefore, they can taint the suboxone to make your addicted to keep coming back to them for more and/or harm you. Also, do not consider Subutex because it does not contain naloxone; therefore, you can become psychologically addicted and start injecting it.
Controversy Surrounding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
The controversy surrounding medication assisted treatment is due to the question of whether replacing one substance with another is genuine recovery. Scientists and medical professionals advocate medication as the best solution for addiction treatment. Recovery experts tend to refute medication assisted treatment as genuine recovery. Only a minority of the people who are struggling with opiate addiction seek medication assisted treatment due to the limited availability of the medications and stigma surrounding medication assisted treatment.
The medication assistant treatment concept is used for milder addictions and other psychological disorders. Nicotine patches are widely used to help people quit smoking. The recovering nicotine addicts are receiving the nicotine without the psychological experiences and harmful physical effects of smoking. People who suffer from depression due to a lack of serotonin take anti-depressants that replace the missing serotonin. Because opiate addiction carries more of a stigma to begin with, the treatment for opiate addiction that involves the use of opiates is bound to also carry a stigma that medication assistant treatments for other disorders do not.
Efforts are being made reduce the stigma surrounding medication assisted treatment. Many medication assisted treatment proponents are advocating for a name change from “medication assisted treatment” to “opioid replacement therapy.” Government funding to combat the opioid epidemic is being geared towards increasing the availability of medication assisted treatments. The idea is that if the number of people turning to medication assisted treatment increases, the stigma will decrease just like the increase in availability of anti-depressants and other psychotropic drugs has increased the use due to the reduced stigma.
There are many paths to one destination; therefore, there are many ways to getting into recovery. No two cases of addiction are the same, so no two treatment plans can be the same. Many recovering addicts who have achieved lifelong recovery without drugs take the inventory of recovering addicts who are claiming that they are sober but are using medication assistant treatments. Some people can achieve lifelong recovery without the use of treatment, and some people need medications to give them a solid foundation. An analogy is some people can cope with depression and anxiety with talk therapy and other natural methods while other people need drugs to cope with depression and anxiety. Addiction is a disease like any other, and many people believe that once medical advancements lead to the Prozac moment, which is when a drug to treat addiction will be developed, addiction will be viewed as a disease. Until then, opiate replacements are the drug that can help individuals who are struggling with opiate addiction live normal lives and eventually achieve lifelong recovery. Chemotherapy would not be stigmatized for cancer patients, so suboxone and other drugs should not be stigmatized for recovering opiate addicts.
Resources that Can Help You Pay for Suboxone if You Do Not Have Insurance
There are several resources that can help you pay for suboxone treatment if you do not have insurance.
• Prescription savings cards
• Pharmacy and prescription coupons
• Government suboxone clinics, addiction treatment centers, and assistance programs.
• Medicaid health insurance (if you qualify)
• Sublingual tablets instead of suboxone film (contains buprenorphine and naloxone)
Dream Center for Recovery is an addiction treatment center in Palm City, Florida that offers a medication assisted treatment program. Their medication assisted treatment program give you the option of receiving suboxone and other popular medications for opiate addiction. We also offer a variety of other programs to take a holistic approach to treating addiction. While you are on your medications, you can take advantage of our other programs to treat the psychological aspect of your addiction because you do not recover from addiction by abstaining from using, you recover by creating a new life for yourself. Call us today at (877) 978-3204