Starting a buprenorphine-based product such as Suboxone or Zubsolv can sometimes be confusing and a little scary, so we want to explain what to expect upon starting your recovery at North Dayton Addiction & Recovery before you begin.
We will do our best to begin your treatment as soon as you’re ready; most days we are available for same day appointments if needed (just please call us to schedule first!) When you are ready to schedule your first appointment, please have the following information ready:
- Date of Birth
- Best Contact Number
- Email Address (for appointment reminders, but not necessary)
- Home Address
- Emergency Contact (if you choose)
- Insurance Name and ID.
An NDARS staff member will call you 24 hours ahead of time to confirm that you’re still coming, and to address any new questions or concerns you have. We ask that you come into your appointment in a mild to moderate withdrawal– typically 12-24 hours after last opiate, heroin or fentanyl use. *If you have been using methadone, please discuss with someone in the office as the withdrawal process is a little different. Please remember, if you are not in a withdrawal before your scheduled appointment, please do not skip your appointment- let us know and we will assist you from there.
Addiction Treatment: Day One
At your first appointment, you can expect to be in our office around 2 hours. This will be your longest appointment. You will meet with multiple medical personnel throughout the time you spend in the office.
When you arrive at the office, you’ll receive your new patient paperwork packet to complete and you’ll be given a urine toxicology screen. You will see a chemical dependency counselor who will do your assessment- this involves a lot of questions about your family history, upbringing, substance abuse history, current life situations, etc.
Shortly after your session with your counselor, you’ll meet a member of our medical team. Your doctor will perform routine medical exams, such as a History and Physical and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for appropriate medications. There will be discussion of your substance abuse, your motivations for addiction treatment and how to get there. Your physician will answer your questions and address all your concerns. Appropriate treatment therapy options such as AA/NA, 12- step meetings or individual/group therapy sessions will be discussed and recommended.
After Your Initial Visit
Assuming all goes as planned, you will leave the office with your first prescription. You’ll leave the office with a laboratory order to have blood taken so that we can see certain areas of concern that previous drug abuse may have caused. We ask that you do this as soon as possible so we can review the findings with you at your next appointment.
You’ll return to the office anywhere from 2-7 days after your initial appointment. At that time, we’ll address any new areas of concern and check your progress.
Once you’re stable on the medication and doing well, the visits with your physician will be less frequent while still being proactive in your recovery through AA/NA, individual counseling, group sessions and other therapeutic remedies.