FAQs

Generally, patients are required to participate in weekly therapy, a 12 step program (such as Narcotics Anonymous) and attend weekly appointments with their physician during the beginning stage of treatment. Depending on the treatment needs of individual patients, these requirements may vary over the course of treatment at the treating physician’s discretion.

We accept many popular insurance plans including Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, PEIA, The Health Plan, Geisinger, TriCare, UMWA, and others. Please contact us if you have specific questions about your plan.

Yes, you can be evaluated by our team; however, other steps such as detoxification from other substances, sometimes in a hospital, may be required in some cases before treatment can begin. It is expected of patients to stop using all drugs both legal (beer, wine, liquor, or certain prescriptions) and illegal (marijuana, cocaine, etc.) while in treatment. We recognize that many people with opioid addiction may be using or addicted to other drugs, and we help patients to stop using other drugs as they begin treatment, and we make efforts to work with patients who relapse. It is not, however, permitted to continue using other substances during treatment with no intention of stopping.

Yes, a urine sample will be collected at the initial evaluation, and additional testing using urine or saliva will be performed at random and as deemed necessary by the treating physician. For advanced testing, samples may be sent to an outside lab. Patients are responsible for associated costs not covered by insurance. Failure to submit a sample for a required screen or attempting to falsify a screen will be grounds for immediate discharge from clinic.

Due to federal limits on the number of patients a physician may treat with buprenorphine (Suboxone), there can be significant wait times to be seen for this treatment. Alternative treatments such as naltrexone (Vivitrol) do not have such restrictions, and may be available much more quickly. Please contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment, and we will provide further details about treatment options.

As a general rule, we do not prescribe Subutex due to the increased risk for abuse or selling of this medication relative to other forms of buprenorphine such as Suboxone. In certain cases, a treating physician may elect to prescribe Subutex to a patient for a specific reason. No patient is guaranteed a prescription for Subutex or any other medication, and the final decision of whether or not to prescribe any medication will be made at the sole discretion of the treating physician. No refunds for services rendered are provided for patients who do not agree with a physician’s decision regarding the appropriate prescription for his or her treatment.

No. No medication is kept in the clinic. If a physician elects to prescribe buprenorphine as part of your treatment, you will be given a prescription to take to the pharmacy of your choosing.