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While many health insurance policy’s cover the cost of Suboxone, you will still need to speak with an expert to confirm your personal coverage.
More than two million Americans have become addicted to opioid pain killers. This is more than four times the number of people who are addicted to heroin. A person may have started taking pain killers because of a condition such as chronic back pain, painful arthritis, or for residual pain after an accident. Unfortunately, the medication that was meant to relieve pain also gives the person an enjoyable “high.” That sense of euphoria and release from care and anxiety becomes the reason to take the drug. And then it becomes the reason to seek more of the drug.
An effective way to combat this problem is with another opioid medication, Suboxone. How do opioids cause addiction and how can a person combat the addiction with the medication Suboxone? And, is there health insurance that covers Suboxone use for managing opioid addiction?
Will Health Insurance Pay for Suboxone Treatment?
There is health insurance that covers Suboxone. However, there may be a “co-pay” in which the person has to pay for a portion of each prescription out of their own pocket. This will depend on the insurance policy that the person has. More expensive policies typically provide better benefits. Less expensive policies may have a deductible which has to be exceeded for the year before any treatment or medicine is covered. And, the insurance plan may have a network of pharmacies where you need to go.
Some of the most popular insurance companies that cover Suboxone include, but are not limited to:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- United Health Care
- Multi Plan
If you don’t see your specific policy holder listed you may still be covered. Call now to speak with a qualified representative who can make sure your treatment will be paid for.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Opioids trigger the release of neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain called endorphins. Endorphins mask your ability to feel pain and at the same time provide a short-lived but very powerful feeling of well-being. The feeling is so strong that when it wears off many people want to experience it again.
What started out as a quest for relief from nagging back pain or arthritic suffering becomes an unending search for narcotics to recreate that blissful state of mind. And, because the body becomes tolerant to the effects of the opioid medication, it takes more and more to recreate the sense of euphoria. This leads to drug seeking behavior where the person starts to visit different doctors in different clinics in order to increase their supply of drugs.
Once a person becomes addicted to prescription painkillers or even heroin, it can be very difficult to quit. Fortunately, the problem originally caused by a narcotic medication can be helped by another. The medication is Suboxone.
Will Suboxone “Cure” Opiate Addiction?
Suboxone has two uses in opiate addiction. It eases the symptoms of withdrawal as a person quits taking their prescription painkiller or stops injecting heroin. And, it eases the craving for opiates as a person enters rehab and starts a new life. Suboxone does this by occupying the same receptors in the brain that addictive opiates do.
But, Suboxone does not result in the same high as what the person was taking. By taking Suboxone the person can get rid of the incessant need to take a drug to feel better. Suboxone is not used alone to treat opioid addiction. It is part of a broad therapeutic approach including counseling and rehab.