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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Suboxone Clinic FAQ

Will I Be Able to Function on Suboxone?

Suboxone allows for fulfilling, productive lives with minimal side effects. Although some may occur, they usually don't disrupt daily functioning. Most individuals on Suboxone experience normal, unaffected daily lives.

How often do I have to go in for Suboxone treatment?

Treatment plans are tailored to each individual. For the first few weeks, you’ll probably check in very frequently. Later on, you may check in monthly, while taking the medication at home every day.

Who prescribes Suboxone?

Any licensed Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Physician Assistant (PA), and Nurse Practitioner (NP) can prescribe Suboxone.

How do I get my Suboxone?

Since Suboxone is a prescription medication, patients can get their Suboxone immediately after their visits at our on-site pharmacy.

How long will I have to take Suboxone?

Some people take Suboxone for years. Others can taper off the medication after 6-12 months if they feel confident in their recovery and aren’t abusing any opioids.

What happens if I relapse during treatment?

Our Suboxone clinic does drug testing to test for opioids. Some clinics kick patients out if they fail their drug tests. However, we don’t feel that is realistic, and that that approach is harmful to patients. If you relapse, we’ll talk about it with you without judgement, and get you the support you need to get your recovery back on track.

What age is Suboxone FDA approved?

16 and older

How do you provide care for patients who are underage?

We can provide evaluation and counseling without the consent of a parent or guardian for minors. Prescribing treatments would require consent.

Is Suboxone safe to use during pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe for both nursing and pregnant mothers

Can Suboxone be used for pain management?

Yes, when dosed multiple times a day, Suboxone can be used for pain management.

Will my treatment be covered by insurance?

Our clinic accepts most private employer insurance and public insurance like Medicare or Medicaid. We are in-network with nearly all major health insurers. Addiction is a medical disease that can be treated with proven medical treatments.

What is the process to get the Suboxone treatment approved by the Veterans Association?

The clinic would run an authorization similar to any other medicine that requires approval by the VA.

Is Suboxone covered by the Veterans Association Insurance?


Do you offer Methadone treatment at this clinic?

No, we offer a different treatment at this clinic: Suboxone.