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How Suboxone Works

Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in SUBOXONE, works by strongly binding to opioid receptors.  As Suboxone therapy begins:

1. A person needs to be in the first stages of withdrawal when taking the first dose of Suboxone. A person is in a mild-to-moderate state of withdrawal (-) as the opioid of dependence begins to leave the receptors

Suboxone Process


2.      Buprenorphine attaches to the receptors as the other opioid leaves the person’s system. Withdrawal symptoms start to get better (+) because buprenorphine is filling up the receptors.  In addition, buprenorphine reduces cravings.

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3.      Buprenorphine firmly attaches to the receptors and blocks other opioids from attaching.  With adequate maintenance doses, buprenorphine fills most receptors. The buprenorphine has a long duration of action, so it doesn’t wear off quickly.

Suboxone Process 3

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The CCAT Suboxone Program

Suboxone - Medication to assist in opiate addiction treatment & withdrawal symptoms

What You Need to Know About Opioid Dependence

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Opioids are drugs that are either derived from opiates (drugs created directly from opium, such as morphine or codeine) or are chemically related to opiates or opium.  Examples of opioids include some prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone) and heroin. The most common way that people refer to opioid dependence is as an addiction.  An individual is generally considered opioid-dependent when two things occur:

  • Repeated opioid use is needed in order to feel good or avoid feeling bad and
  • The opioid use continues in spite of its negative effects.  For example, people who are opioid-dependent will feel a need to keep using opioids even if it hurts the user’s health, job, finances or family.

With almost two million people in the United States dependent on opioids, it is more common than most people may think.  While many people may know someone who has been affected by opioid dependence, the condition is still largely misunderstood.

Opioid Dependence Is a Medical Condition

It’s important to recognize that opioid dependence is a brain disease, not a moral failing.  For some, drug use can begin as a choice, but frequent use can cause the brain cells to change the way they work.  With repeated use, the brain “resets” itself to believe the drug is necessary for survival.  As dependence develops, a person’s behavior also changes, and he or she may become compulsive in seeking the drug and its effects.  These brain changes prove that opioid dependence is a chronic disease, which is why people have cravings years after they stop taking drugs.

The Goal of CCAT’s Suboxone Treatment Program

Our goal is to enhance our patient’s opportunity for success in treating opioid dependency.  Because withdrawal from opiates such as heroin, oxycontin and methadone is often painful, many patients in the past left treatment before completing detoxification.  But now there is hope.  Thanks to the introduction of Suboxone, paired with appropriate counseling, opioid-dependent people can begin to manage their disease so they can focus on other aspects of their lives.

Suboxone is the first opioid-dependency medication approved for the treatment of opioid dependence in an office-based setting. CCAT’s Suboxone program is an outpatient-based program where Suboxone is dispensed for take-home use, just as is any other prescription.

However, unlike most Suboxone Treatment programs, CCAT offers 24-hour-a-day access to our professionally trained medical staff. And because we offer multiple levels of care - from Pre-Treatment to Detox to AfterCare - we are able to take care of most of your chemical dependency treatment needs right here. No need to run from doctor to doctor or between treatment centers around town to get the help you need. You'll quickly become comfortable with our professional staff and our facility, the ultimate result of which is a more effective treatment program just for you.

How Do I Get Started?

Getting started is simple.  Call one of our caring, confidential admissions professionals at (513) 381-6672 to set up your initial appointment.  We will help you determine if Suboxone is right for you.  If it is, we’ll be there to quickly help get you on the road to recovery.


Induction $275
Follow up $275
Change of Provider $275
Monthly Maintenance $135
No Show $20


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