FAQs


What is addiction?

Addiction is uncontrollable compulsive behavior caused by alterations of parts of the brain from repeated exposure to highly euphoric responses.

What is withdrawal?

Withdrawal syndrome consists of a predictable group of negative signs and symptoms resulting from abrupt removal of, or a rapid decrease in the regular dosage of a psychoactive substance or drug.

Is continued addictive behavior a voluntary behavior?

The initial decision to take drugs is mostly voluntary. However, when drug misuse takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired. Many areas of the brain are physically changed over time with exposure to these drugs causing a physical dependence.

Can a person currently being treated with methadone switch to buprenorphine without suffering withdrawal symptoms?

Yes. Because these drugs are very different, it is possible for patients to be switched between the two without much difficulty. Patients are encouraged to come in for a free consultation to see if making the switch is right for them.

Does my insurance cover treatment at your facility?

No, we do not take insurance. We are confident, however, that you will find our service worth the cost. However, we are more than happy to provide you with a notarized contact form so that you may file with your insurance directly.

Is buprenorphine treatment merely exchanging one addiction for another?

No! With successful treatment and maintenance, the compulsive behavior, loss of control, cravings, and other behaviors typical of addiction can vanish. Furthermore, our facility aims to use buprenorphine as a crutch, and eventually ween you off of it in time.

Can Buprenorphine be used to treat my chronic pain?

Yes. Buprenorphine has been used to relieve chronic pain for many years, and can thus serve two purposes at once. We invite you to speak to our physicians about this!