Buprenorphine (Suboxone)

Is Buprenorphine Maintenance Right for Me?
Ongoing buprenorphine (Suboxone) therapy is the gold standard office-based treatment for both prescription opioid and heroin use disorders. While many treatment providers prescribe patients short tapers of buprenrophine or no medication at all, the research is unambiguous: Patients who start buprenorphine therapy, stabilize on a therapeutic dose, and take their medication daily have better outcomes than patients who complete a short taper or attempt "abstinence-based" treatment.  

What is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is the primary active ingredient in Suboxone Films. By attaching to the same receptors as heroin and prescription opioids, it helps to prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings. With cravings well-managed, patients are able to focus on their day-to-day lives. Unlike heroin and prescription opioids, buprenorphine is only a "partial agonist". That partial agonism is important for two reasons: 

1) buprenorphine is not intoxicating for persons with opioid dependence;
2) it has a very low risk for fatal overdose unless it is combined with other drugs. 

Clayton Behavioral's Buprenorphine
Program Clayton Behavioral's Buprenorphine Program includes the following components: 
  • Screening and assessment to make sure that the program is appropriate for you 
  • Monthly case management to help you develop a comprehensive plan of recovery and access services, resources, and recovery supports that might benefit you 
  • Monthly physician appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your medical plan as appropriate 
Course and Pricing
Each visit with the physician costs $200. Frequency of the visits is determined by the physician based on his or her evaluation of patient need. Generally, visits occur twice in the first month and one/month thereafter, but additional visits may be required if determined necessary for effective care. Medication is typically covered through pharmacy benefits if utilizing insurance. Discount programs are available for persons paying for medication out-of-pocket.

To schedule an appointment for the Suboxone Maintenance Program, call Jocelyn Hostetler  314-222-5830 or email

This simple medical program may be the key to beginning your recovery from opioid addiction. 

Suboxone Treatment

Buprenorphine is the most effective office-based treatment available for heroin and prescription opioid addiction. Download the recent facts here.
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Group Sessions

In addition to the monthly doctor appointments, we also require patients in the program to attend one Buprenorphine Support Group once per month. We offer group sessions at these times:

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There is no additional charge for these meetings. 
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