A patient can receive Suboxone treatments for free by asking his prescribing physician to contact Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures Suboxone, and request an application for the Suboxone Treatment Patient Assistance Program. As of December 2015, this program is only available to United States residents who do not have health insurance, according to NeedyMeds. Applicants are only eligible for participation if they are at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty line.
Clinical trials are sometimes available for buprenorphine treatment of opioid addiction, notes the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment. By participating in clinical trials, individuals may be able to receive free treatment throughout their participation in the trial. However, clinical trials that mention "placebo" or "blind study" mean that individuals might not receive the actual medication. The NAABT recommends searching for Phase IV studies to ensure receiving the appropriate treatment. A list of clinical trials is available at ClinicalTrials.gov.
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine, a type of opioid medication, and naloxone, explains Drugs.com. Naloxone is a medication used to block both the therapeutic pain-relieving effects of opioid medications as well as the euphoric effects that typically lead to opioid abuse.
Most opioids produce greater effects when taken in larger quantities. Buprenorphine works differently, reports the NAABT. While it also binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, it does not fit perfectly into those receptors. The result is that the brain sees the receptors as filled, ceasing withdrawal symptoms without producing the euphoria or depression in breathing that are common with most other opioid medications.