Answers to your questions about Suboxone treatment in Portland, OR
Preliminary data show that in 2021, Oregon (like the nation at large) saw a surge in overdose deaths, with a 30% increase. It’s vital that we not only curb the opioid crisis to save lives, but also to help people struggling with opioid use disorder get control over their lives back. If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid addiction, Suboxone treatment is a safe and effective way to reduce cravings and help stabilize recovery.
How can Oregon residents find Suboxone treatment?
Oregon residents who are seeking support for their opioid use disorder may find that medication-assisted treatment provides the help they need. Buprenorphine is one of three medications FDA-approved to treat opioid use disorder, and Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is a safe and effective way to take buprenorphine.
Suboxone (and other medications containing buprenorphine) are only available via prescription, and not all doctors are authorized to prescribe them. There are strict regulations limiting who can prescribe these medications and how they can be utilized. All Workit Health clinicians have the necessary governmental waivers and certifications that allow them to prescribe Suboxone, and they provide treatment via 100% virtual telemedicine care.
You can also check out the Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Is Suboxone effective at treating opioid addiction?
Medication-assisted treatment is the gold standard of care for opioid use disorder. Research has shown Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) to be safe and effective.
Buprenorphine is an opioid that attaches to opioid receptors. It has a strong binding ability, which allows it to replace and block other opioids so that they become ineffective. Because buprenorphine has a longer half-life than many other opioids, it creates a steadier effect on the receptors, creating a lower propensity for developing tolerance. It can help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing euphoria (or a “high”). It tends to be well tolerated.
The second ingredient in Suboxone is naloxone, which reduces the risk of the medication being diverted or misused.
Is it legal to receive a Suboxone prescription online in Portland, OR?
It is legal to get a Suboxone prescription in Portland, Oregon via telemedicine. Just like with in-person medicine, you will need to go through a medical consultation with a licensed and waivered clinician. They will talk to you about your medical history to determine whether Suboxone is a good fit for your recovery. You will have regular follow-up appointments.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ryan Haight Act required that each patient be evaluated in person before being inducted on Suboxone. Fortunately, Oregon allows 100% virtual Suboxone treatment at this time.
Workit Health offers online appointment options that will work with your availability and e-prescribes Suboxone to your local pharmacy.
Will I have to take drug tests if I begin Suboxone treatment?
Yes, you will need to take drug screens regularly. This is for several reasons. First, your clinician needs an accurate picture of what substances you’re using in order to treat you effectively. This is not a “gotcha” situation, but an important part of providing you medical treatment. Your Workit care team will never judge you for the results of your screening.
Second, there are government regulations that require regular screening as part of prescribing buprenorphine. This is intended to prevent prescription misuse or diversion.
Does everyone with opioid use disorder need Suboxone?
There is no one, perfect way to recover! Some people use 12-step programs, some rely on in-person rehab, and others find that medication-assisted treatment is their solution. We can’t declare that Suboxone treatment will absolutely be right for you. What we can say is that research has demonstrated that buprenorphine reduces cravings, improves outcomes, and lowers the risk of relapse.
Do I need to get therapy if I get Suboxone treatment?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says, “As with all medications used in MAT, buprenorphine should be prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes counseling and other behavioral therapies to provide patients with a whole-person approach.”
One option for this is group therapy with others who have similar recovery goals. Many find that group therapy not only provides insights and a sense of belonging, but also a confidence boost as they help others in turn. In Workit recovery groups, a licensed counselor hosts the meetings and helps participants set their own goals to stay on track with their recovery.
Others may choose to have 1:1 counseling. This kind of individual therapy is what most people think of when they say “counseling,” and it can provide focused support.
Workit also provides therapeutic courses that you can complete in our mobile app to support your recovery.
Can I schedule an appointment with an online addiction specialist in the Portland, Oregon area?
Yes! Telemedicine has expanded rapidly over the past two years, and it’s never been easier to book an online appointment. Download the Workit Health app to book an appointment, or seek a provider through the Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator.
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