Depending on where you live, finding qualified Suboxone Doctors can be a difficult task which is why we have done the research for you and put together a list of links where you can search for Suboxone Doctors by city, state, or zip code. We only direct you to reliable sources so you can be sure that when you search these listings, you are getting a list of qualified and certified Suboxone Doctors who are licensed to prescribe Suboxone to patients suffering from opioid dependence. By law, doctors who are licensed to provide Suboxone treatment can only serve a limited number of patients. So when you find a Suboxone doctor in your area, make sure to call and confirm that they have an opening for you. These lists will provide doctor names, office locations, and contact information.
Use the links provided below to begin your search for Suboxone Doctors. Not every available Suboxone Certified Doctor is listed on any one directory which is why we have put together a list of multiple directories to improve your chances of finding a doctor in your area. Of course, these combined sources still don’t include every single qualified Suboxone Doctor so if you still can’t find one in your area after searching these listings, you may want to try a Google search for Suboxone Doctors in your area as well.
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What Should I Expect From My First Suboxone Doctor Visit?
After you find a qualified Suboxone doctor and make your appointment (many doctors will require initial payment before they schedule your appointment which will range from $100 to $500) you will be required to stop using opiates for at least 12 to 18 hours before your appointment. Make sure you do this or you may end up getting precipitated (intensified) withdrawal symptoms after taking your first dose of Suboxone. When you first get into the doctor’s office you will be given a drug test so drink lots of water before so you’re not waiting forever (you’re going to be in withdrawal so waiting sucks!). After handing off your piss cup to the medical assistant they will sit you in the waiting room. It will take about 15 minutes for the assistant to finish the urinalysis and give the results to the doctor. He will look at the results of the test to ensure that you have opiates in your system.
The doctor will then come into the room and introduce himself and ask how you’re feeling at which point you can safely say that you feel like shit! He will listen to your heart beet and ask when the last time you used opiates was (it should be at least 12 to 18 hours prior). If you used more recently than that then the doctor cannot legally give you a dose of Suboxone. After he confirms that you have been clean from opiates for the specified time and that you are currently in withdrawal, he will give you a small dose of Suboxone. Some doctors are different and will actually keep you in the office until the Suboxone kicks in to see if it was enough to take away your withdrawal symptoms. If it’s not, then they will continue giving you a little more until you feel better which is how they will determine the amount and strength of Suboxone that you need for your prescription.
In my case, the doctor gave me a half of a tablet which worked fine for me and sent me on my way with my prescription. The doctor will also give you a taper program to follow and it’s important to follow it if you want your treatment to be a success. After giving you your prescription and the taper program, the doc will hand you a list of drug counseling services in the area and send you on your way (your not required to attend the counseling services, only if you want to). The entire process is straight forward and pretty quick as long as you’re ready to pee when you get there. The important thing to remember is that you follow the taper program and reduce your Suboxone dose over time as directed by your doctor. This is critical in order to have a more smoothe transition off of the drug and limit the intensity of Suboxone Withdrawal. When I went through Suboxone treatment, I followed the taper program and stuck to it and I’m pretty sure that’s why it turned out to be a success for me. So now that you know what to expect, start looking for a doctor and get one step closer to getting clean and regaining control of your life!
About Jason Mears: Jason Mears is a writer, blogger, musician, marketing director for a small start-up company in San Diego, CA, and former opiate addict. Jason co-founded SuboxoneInformation.org along with his good friend Chris Briggs as a way to help others break free from opioid dependence.