Buprenorphine & Medication Assisted Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Buprenorphine and how does it work?

Buprenorphine (Zubsolv, Bunavail, Subutex, Suboxone) has been approved for the treatment of opiate dependency and substance use disorder. Buprenorphine has the ability to both activate and block opiate receptors. Naloxone is added to certain formulations as an abuse deterrent.

How does Buprenorphine combat opiate addiction?

Opiates attach to receptors in the brain causing euphoria through dopamine release.Similarly, buprenorphine attaches to those same receptors occupied by opiates absent of euphoria or symptoms of withdrawal.

How long will I be in treatment?

There is not a specified timeframe for treatment. Outpatient treatment for opiate dependency and addiction is based on an individual treatment plan which identifies the severity of one’s disease and establishes recovery goals. The medication treats the physical aspects of the disease. Full recovery requires treatment of the emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of the disease which is obtained through counseling and social services, as well as established support systems.

Do I have to stop working to enter treatment?

No. We offer extended hours with our providers and services to accommodate work schedules.

What are the side effects?

Mild side effects that may occur are flushing, headache, nausea, sleeplessness, or drowsiness, but have been reported to subside after the first week or so of treatment. This is not a complete list of all potential side effects. If you have questions about side effects, our providers will further discuss your concerns with you.

Is Medication Assisted Treatment replacing one drug for another?

No. Buprenorphine is not an opiate substitute and does not provide feelings of getting ‘high’ or extreme euphoria. It is a safe and effective medication for treating opiate dependency and substance use disorder. Research has identified that patients undergoing Buprenorphine treatment do not suffer the same social and behavioral destabilization that correlates in active drug addicts and abusers.

Does insurance cover treatment?

We currently accept the following insurance providers from Virginia and Tennessee. For a full list of providers click the link below:

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