does blue cross blue shield cover suboxone

Blue Cross Blue Shield May Pay for Suboxone

Depending on your policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield can cover the cost of Suboxone.  Figuring out if Suboxone is covered can be extremely time consuming and very costly. Call us today to speak with a highly qualified expert who can look at your policy to see if you are covered.

Why Use Suboxone?

Suboxone is used by thousands of people who are addicted to heroin or other opioids and need to relieve their withdrawal symptoms.

Suboxone produces a “high” similar to opioids but is less intense. More importantly, it relieves the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that people who are addicted to drugs experience.  Most people use it to help them quit using heroin or other opioids.

Suboxone can be a great option to replace painkillers or heroin as there is a much lower risk of overdoes and bodily harm. However, Suboxone, like an drug, can be abused and lead to its own addiction. While an addiction to Suboxone is far safer then an addiction to heroin or Percocets, it is still important to be careful when taking Suboxone regularly.

If you have any questions about the cost of Suboxone or need help finding treatment for a Suboxone addiction, please reach out to one of our compassionate staff members who can answer all your questions free of charge.

Suboxone vs Opioids

Opioid painkiller addiction is an epidemic in the United States. Four times as many people are addicted to opioid painkillers than are hooked on heroin. The more than two million people who are addicted to drugs like OxyContin, Percocet, Codeine, Fentanyl, and Vicodin, typically started out using them because of pain. The medication may have been prescribed after surgery or for the chronic pain of arthritis.

But, besides relieving pain, these medications produce a sensation of happiness and release from care. That short-lived “high” becomes the reason to seek out and take the drug. The body develops a tolerance to the drug and more is needed to reproduce the sense of well-being and euphoria. In the end, people shop from doctor to doctor for more drugs. This addiction can be treated with drug rehab and a drug to block the effects of opioid painkillers.

This medication is called Suboxone. How does the addiction happen and how can Suboxone help? And, does Blue Cross Blue Shield cover Suboxone?

The brain contains chemicals called endorphins. They are neurotransmitters that mask the sensation of pain. Opioids cause the release of endorphins in the brain both relieving pain and causing a sense of well-being and power. This is a brief effect and there are some people for whom this effect is so strong that they have to have it again and again. As the body’s tolerance to the drug increases, it takes more to create the sense of well-being, the “high.” This now an addiction and it starts to control the person’s life.

Suboxone to Fight Opiate Addiction

Drug addiction to prescription painkillers can be difficult to get rid of. Luckily, there is an opioid medication that helps. It is called Suboxone.

Suboxone is an opioid painkiller. But, its use in treating opioid addiction comes from the fact that Suboxone does not produce the “high” that addictive painkillers do. Rather, it blocks the effects of addictive painkillers by occupying the same receptor sites in the brain that addictive opioids do. Suboxone has two uses. When a person is withdrawing from heroin or prescription painkillers, Suboxone makes the withdrawal easier and less dangerous. And, as the person started drug rehab, he or she takes Suboxone to relieve the cravings for the addictive drug. Suboxone may be taken for a year in steadily lower doses. Suboxone is part of a total therapeutic approach to treat drug addiction.

Will BCBS Pay for Suboxone Treatment?

Does Blue Cross Blue Shield cover Suboxone? Blue Cross Blue Shield, like all health insurance plans, will cover treatment for drug addiction. And, if Suboxone is prescribed as part of that treatment, it will be covered. However, if you have an inexpensive insurance policy, you may have a high deductible, which means that you need to spend your own money for all health care needs, including medications, up to a given amount. After that, drug treatment and Suboxone will be paid for. But, even then, there may be a co-payment required that you pay out of your own pocket for each prescription. It depends on your specific insurance policy.