How can you find a ZubSolv Doctor in your area?
I have received several calls and emails asking me this question recently, so I thought I would put together a post to discuss some ways to find a doctor or nurse practitioner who can prescribe ZubSolv, used for MAT or medication assisted treatment.
This is an excellent question. Where can you begin in looking for a ZubSolv practitioner? For those of you who are wondering what ZubSolv is, it is a medication that is very similar to Suboxone. ZubSolv is used to treat opioid and opiate addiction.
Before looking too far, consider asking your very own family doctor for help. In fact, it is quite possible that your primary care physician already prescribes ZubSolv and other buprenorphine products, such as Subutex and Suboxone. If not, your doctor may be able to recommend another doctor whom they know personally who can help you.
Steps to finding a doctor:
If your family doc cannot help you find a ZubSolv clinic, here are some steps to take.
1. Visit the ZubSolv.com website. On the company website, there is a link on the home page to find a ZubSolv healthcare provider. Here, you can enter your zip code and specify the distance to search. Currently, they have options to search from 5 miles around your zip code, all the way up to 200 miles. If you choose a larger number here, you will find more ZubSolv doctors, but there may be many that will be a long drive away from your home. If you are not able to find a doctor here, try the next step.
2. Visit the SAMHSA website. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They have a buprenorphine treatment practitioner locator here. This website may give you more results than ZubSolv.com. However, you may find that some doctors listed no longer prescribe ZubSolv or Suboxone.
3. Here is a tip if you are looking for a place that is not too pricey. In fact, this website will help you locate addiction treatment programs that are either free or low cost, sliding scale. Visit here to search this Needy Meds database.
4. Search Google for ZubSolv providers. While I agree that you have to take search results with a grain of salt, if a doctor has gone to the trouble to promote on their website that they prescribe ZubSolv and it shows up on Google for your local area, it might not hurt to give this doctor a call. Google’s artificial intelligence has improved greatly to the extent that it can really help you to find a doctor who meets your specific needs.
5. Try Treatment Match. NAABT, The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment provides a special website to connect patients and doctors. There are already doctors all over the country registered with treatment match.org. When a patient registers, the system notifies nearby MAT doctors that there is a patient looking for treatment. Typically, doctors who have available spaces in their ZubSolv and Suboxone program will connect with that patient to invite them to make an appointment. The system is anonymous, so the doctors will not get your name. It will be up to you to call and make an appointment after a doctor has reached out to you through Treatment Match.
6. Consider going to the hospital emergency department. Your local hospital emergency room may very well be prepared to treat opiate addiction. Additionally, they may be connected to a local program that can continue your treatment. ER-based programs to help heroin, fentanyl and opioid pill addicts are becoming available everywhere. This will be a big part of the future of opioid addiction treatment. It makes sense. When someone overdoses on an opioid, they usually go to the ER. Hence, the Emergency physician will likely be the first doctor to evaluate the addiction. This is the perfect opportunity to start treatment immediately and prevent further relapses and overdoses.
7. Ask a friend in recovery. If you go to Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery, Smart Recovery or Cocaine Anonymous, you may be able to ask members of the group if they recommend any local doctors. This may be a way to get honest feedback from the point of view of someone who has been a patient. Why did I leave out NA? I left out Narcotics Anonymous because the program has a strong position against the use of medications such as ZubSolv. As you develop your support system in recovery of friends who are clean and working a program of recovery, it wouldn’t hurt to get their help in finding a qualified doctor who can prescribe ZubSolv.
Get Started Right Away.
In conclusion, there are a variety of ways to find a doctor who can prescribe ZubSolv and similar medications. In addition to the ways listed above, you may even want to listen to an addiction podcast for ideas. So, how can you find the best doctor for you? Keep in mind that just because a doctor is credentialed to write the prescription does not necessarily mean that they are going to be the best doctor for you long term. A good indicator to look for to help you decide if a doctor is good for you is how well they listen to you during your visits. How else can you doctor get to know you and understand how to best help you in staying clean. A doctor who cares and who listens to you and hears what you have to say will know how to work with you best to manage your medical treatment safely.
Most importantly, get started right away with medication assisted treatment. It is time to put down the opioids and start a life of recovery. ZubSolv, in conjunction with therapy, really works. You can go about your daily business without obsessing over opiates and opioids. You can have a clear head and not feel sick. Get started with treatment. Along the way, if you feel that your doctor is not giving you the best care, it is always possible to switch to a new doctor and continue with your ZubSolv or Suboxone treatment. Finding a doctor who prescribes ZubSolv or other forms of buprenorphine is not as hard as you may have thought.