FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Insurance does not cover outpatient detox, therefore this is a private pay treatment, but we can provide references for inpatient detox facilities that may accept your insurance.
Some of the medications we give you may make you drowsy. Therefore, it is our policy that our patients do not drive to or from appointments.
Possible options for transportation include taking a rideshare (such as Uber/Lyft) or having a friend/family member drive you.
At Relieve, we give patients who are dependent on opioids an easy solution to quit. Our 7 day detox will help them safely and comfortably stop taking the opiates with just a short daily appointment for 7 days.
Our protocol is not a taper, we do not simply cut your pills in half. Our treatment uses detox medications to help curb withdrawals and wean your body off the substance, comfort medications to manage withdrawal symptoms, and IVs to help heal the body.
We use a detox medication as a substitute to fill the opioid receptors in your brain. This 7 day medication process suppresses withdrawal and cravings. We are not a long-term Suboxone maintenance program. At the end of the 7 day treatment, you will be 100% off Suboxone.
We also provide comfort medications and IV therapy to manage any withdrawal symptoms and promote optimal health.
- Suboxone is a medication that is absorbed under the tongue (sublingual).
- Suboxone does an excellent job of covering all of the opioid receptors in the brain so that withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be avoided.
- Most patients experience a feeling of “liberation” from their habits when they begin treatment with Suboxone. It allows the patient to feel “normal.”
- Suboxone has a “ceiling effect” that makes it very safe from overdose and makes it difficult to actually feel “high” or any additional benefit or euphoria.
- Since high doses do not offer a high, it is less likely to cause a physical dependence or further psychological dependence.
- Since Suboxone covers the opioid receptors so well, additional pain medications are blocked and make it “unproductive” to continue previous habits. This is an additional safety feature of Suboxone.
- Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The naloxone is poorly absorbed when used as directed under the tongue—it is put in Suboxone to discourage intravenous use.
- Buprenorphine is now FDA approved for use in pain management, so most pain issues can be alleviated simultaneously.
- You will need to be in mild to moderate withdrawal when starting Suboxone. This is to prevent the medication from causing acute withdrawal. The medication will take you out of withdrawal rather quickly so that you don’t have to experience most withdrawal symptoms.
Our patients are completely, 100% off opiates in 7 days.
We are NOT a long-term suboxone maintenance program where we swap one dependence for another.
We understand that you might be on pain medication to treat chronic pain and that you might be worried about experiencing pain after detoxing from opioids.
Many of our patients find that they are experiencing hyperalgesia and that they are not in pain after detoxing.
However, if you are in pain after detoxing, we have a network of hand-selected local, non-opioid pain management doctors who can help provide you with non-opioid pain treatment options to help manage the pain.
Traditional medical detox is done in an inpatient setting, meaning you check-in to a facility at the beginning of your treatment and leave at the end. Inpatient facilities typically have 24/7 medical supervision and provide varying levels of medications to help with the detox and withdrawal symptoms. Most facilities do not allow computers or phones, meaning you cannot continue working or easily stay in touch with family.
At Relieve Outpatient Medical Detox, we do a medical opioid detox in an outpatient setting - meaning that you do not stay at our facility. During our 7 day treatment, our patients visit us once per day for approximately an hour* to receive treatment. Our patients can then continue on with their daily life and responsibilities.