The following questions have been frequently asked of staff. They are not meant to be all inclusive or substitute for medical advice. Contact our office if you have questions regarding your specific medical situation.

*Can addiction be cured?

Addiction is a chronic disease, however, it can be successfully managed with treatment.
Scientific discoveries have led to advances in treatment, with the use of medications and behavioral therapies.

*Can medication treat all addictions?

At this time medication therapies are most successful in the treatment of opioid dependence, alcohol abuse and dependence and nicotine dependence.

* What is Suboxone®?

Suboxone® is a medication used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It is the first medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence in a private office setting.

* Can I switch from Methadone to Suboxone®?

Yes, it is possible to switch. You need to have a discussion with your doctor to see if Suboxone® is right for you. If it is an option, you will be medically managed through the transition.

*How long will I stay on Suboxone®?

When treatment is initiated, the time you are in treatment is not predictable. When the time is right, your doctor will discuss the process of tapering your dose.

*Does insurance pay for treatment?

At this time, RCMA is not involved with insurance billing for office visits However, if you have a prescription plan, the medication will most likely be covered by your plan.

*How expensive is Suboxone® if I don't have a prescription plan?

Dpending on your dose, the cost could vary, but an average cost would be approximately $16-$24 a day.

Contact Information

Blackwood Medical Center 856-227-2104—phone
141 S Black Horse Pike 856-227-2896—fax
Suite 103
Blackwood, NJ 08012  

How do drugs work in the brain?

Drugs are chemicals. They work in the brain by tapping into the brain's communication system and interfering with the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. Some drugs can activate neurons because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter and allows them to lock onto and activate the nerve cells which leads to abnormal messages being transmitted through the network.

More information for parents, teachers, and coaches

Nearly 1 in 10 high school seniors report nonmedical use of the Rx pain reliver vicodin.(source NIH) For more information on drugs and the brain, order NIDA's Teaching Packets CD-ROM series or the Mind Over Matter series at www.drugabuse.gov/parent- teacher.html. These items and others are available to the public free of charge.


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