Paying for Subutex or Suboxone Treatment
The most difficult times in my life being an addict were trying to afford treatment for narcotic opioid treatment.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has historically been a treatment for addicts who have medical insurance or at least a steady job to afford the treatment. The term “functioning addict” comes to mind here, but consider those like me who where all out, non-functioning addicts. The catch-22 in which I would often find myself was my inability to keep a steady job because of my addiction to opiates, and therefore my inability to find proper opioid treatment due to a lack of financial ability to pay for the treatment. Often addicts who have medical insurance or the financial ability to afford opioid addiction treatment are simply not ready to undergo a serious course of treatment. In the short-term, it’s possible that a person who’s taking too many pain killers or is seeking heroin might find an ability to abstain from taking opioid drugs, but research shows over the long term opiate addicts have a difficult time staying away from opioid narcotics. This inability to remain abstinent due to the physical and physiological withdrawal symptoms which manifest with opiate addiction. I know in my own life that if I still had insurance from a job left to defraud or abuse, I was not ready to quit anything. For most opiate addicts in the US, the world of doctors and pharmacies is commonplace, and medical insurance is the currency by which insurance operates. Just as having a wad of cash might be a trigger for an addict early in recovery from a crack addiction, the ability to quickly stop by a doctor’s office or emergency room and have the resulting pain medicine be covered by health insurance is a common stumbling bl0ck for many addicts early in treatment.
Having willing family members to help pay for a treatment often hinders the appropriate type of treatment, because addicts manipulate reality making his or her needs seem to be different that what they truly are.
In other words, a person complaining of chronic back pain may have convinced friends and family members (and often times themselves) that they need to continue a treatment for pain killers, often visiting more than one doctor to be able to continue taking the prescription narcotics offered under such treatment.Situations like this pose a particular problem making the diagnosis of an addiction to opiate drugs difficult to diagnose. Ultimately, the only true way to diagnose an addiction is for the individual alone to admit they have become powerless over the drugs he or she is taking and to acknowledge that without help he or she will not be able to live a normal, healthy life. Once the outward signs are in place in one’s life to come to this realization that he or she is powerless to manage their situation, it can be extremely difficult to be able to find a way up and back out of this addiction. After all health insurance has been tapped out or canceled completely, and all friend and family have come to realize that tough love might be healthier for the addict, so they don’t potentially overdose or worse, an addict can often feel helpless to accomplish anything at all. In such a place, especially addicted to opiate narcotics, an addict will be in serious physical withdrawals that can last for weeks and even months. Not being able to barely lift themselves out of bed (if they still have a place to live), opiate addicts are hardly able to feed themselves, much less find, plan, and pay for a program of treatment for their opiate addiction to help.
A severe opiate epidemic has increased the need for treatment that meets opiate addicts where they are- broke, usually homeless and physically exhausted.
I remember on my last run in active addiction I was very lucky to have the enabling friend I had to allow me to keep occupying a room in her house. Instead of seeking treatment for my addiction, I would spend most of my time in the bed unable to do anything but sleep, the only thing that would get me up was the ubiquitous stream of addicts coming our house to dwell and do their dope. The payment for that comfort was a piece of the action for myself. I hated this existence, as I was neglecting my family, my life and my future, but it seemed impossible to get away from. I was just enough alive to sustain my pitiful existence, but not enough to be able to break free and find treatment, which would allow me to work and recover.
I knew that if I had only a week- maybe 2 weeks- worth of medicine (sublingual buprenorphine), I would be able to land a job waiting tables, which would allow me to continue in treatment and to continue to be able to pay for Subutex, which is not cheap ($2- $12 a dose). But no one around me wanted to help out. I’m not sure whether it was simple out of lack of concern for me, or even a more nefarious reason, like knowing once I got better I wouldn’t be down for them to kick around. I was needed in this sick, evil world of addiction to do crazy stuff that supported the dope habits which surrounded me. Opiate drugs are illegal, and so avoiding withdrawal symptoms becomes paramount in an addict’s life. When getting clean from opioids, addicts try to give up the criminal schemes and tactics which accompany this wasted life, but there’s seldom a way to get on subutex or suboxone for free. Paying any money at such a crucial time is not typically possible, and thus government subsidies are needed to accompany an addict’s efforts to give up their opioid addiction.
Free and discounted Subutex and Suboxone treatment IS available if you know where to look…
I’ve been searching, listing and contacting treatment centers, programs, doctors, and governmental resources to compile a source of information for addicts struggling with an opioid addiction. Though I’m centered in North Carolina, I have found that West Virginia is by far the state most in need of resources and information on programs and ways to pay for Subutex, Suboxone and treatment for these medicines. I will continually update this site, adding a page specifically for Subutex Doctors which will include information on being prescribed Suboxone and what specific information on each medical practice might be. For example, Partners Behavioral Healthcare in North Carolina covers 8 counties in NC. Through Partners, an opiate addict can find treatment using Suboxone, which consists of free access to a physician that prescribes the medicine as well as classes to support a program of opioid addiction. Classes can be once, twice or 3 times a week, lasting for an hour or longer. I have personally experienced the help Partners offers, and I wouldn’t be able to offer this informational blog without their help! As in my previous paragraph, I was completely handcuffed by addiction- figuratively and literally. Because I couldn’t spend much time out of bed without an opioid drug, it was important that I be able to get a prescription for Subutex or something like it quickly and cheaply. Partners got me into the Cognitive Connections in Hickory, NC for treatment free of charge. They hooked me up with Cathy Rudisill,PA., who is a Physician’s Assistant for her husband, Dr. Elbert Rudisill in Hickory, NC and Partners paid for every bit of that as well. Dr. Rudisill’s office, which is called Integrated Care of Greater Hickory, gave me a coupon for two free weeks of Zubsolv, which is the same medicine as Suboxone. So a week after calling Partners, I had a week’s worth of Suboxone, a counselor to talk to twice a week, a free ride to and from addiction classes and to the pharmacy, and covered the cost for the prescriptions I was receiving!
As I describe in the first part of this post, an opiate addiction is overwhelming. I could not stop using opioid drugs without help, and calling Partners Behavioral Heathcare got me a Suboxone doctor, free counseling sessions and free Suboxone for two weeks. I will say for the sake of honesty and practicality that I was prescribed two, 8mg Suboxone tabs twice daily, and I only took one tablet. So the free two weeks of Suboxone medication lasted me for nearly a month! By one month- actually after 3 days- I was able to start working in a local cafe waiting tables, and so in one week I had enough money to actually pay for my own Suboxone. Dr. Rudisill’s office where I got the free treatment does not prescribe Subutex, and I go into the difference between the two in another article, but being nearly the same, Suboxone being practically as effective as Subutex, I was able to regain control over my own life and rise from an opioid addiction that was killing me! Without free treatment, I know I would not have overcome my addiction to opiates so quickly, and I would not be able to offer you these suggestions and this information to help you find free or affordable opioid addiction treatment using Suboxone and / or Subutex!
If you have any further questions or concerns, please leave a public comment below, or email me at admin@SublingualMingle.com !
Suboxone Treatment, Medicaid or Self-pay, one addiction class per week, one Dr. visit weekly at first, then bi-weekly and then monthly. Self-pay is about $85 per Dr. visit, $20-$40 per class and about $20 per drug test ( 1 weekly +). Use the Sublingual Mingle as a referral for treatment! (You will get 2 free weeks (30 tabs) of Zubsolv (Suboxone).
Weekly, bi-weekly and daily treatment options, the Cog has its own doctors prescribing 2, 8mg Suboxone weekly. (Usually Dr. Jay Synn of Hickory, NC) All treatment costs can be covered by Partners Behavioral Healthcare by calling them for them for a referral at 888-235-HOPE (4673)
8 counties of NC are covered for treatment if your income is low or 0. Call, they will make you an appointment for the Cognitive Connections or another treatment facility in NC prescribing Suboxone or Subutex