The drug you have been misusing needs to be free from the receptors in your brain so that the suboxone can bind to them. The doctor will give you your first dose of the medication. You will be asked to return to the clinic in 2-4 hours so that the doctor can reassess you and see how effective the first dose was. If you are still having a bit of withdrawal, then you will be prescribed another dose if you are uncomfortable. This process is called induction.
When you are ready to leave the office, the doctor may give you instructions and a prescription that will last until your next appointment. The doctor may also want to discuss counselling, since adding counselling to treatment with medication has been shown to bring better results.
Treatments done with suboxone are different from other treatments such as a cold turkey. Cold turkey is when a patient stops all use of drugs which causes the body to go into full withdrawal mode. This is a very painful process both physically and mentally. Due to the severe pain that patients have to go through when they choose to do the cold turkey method, many of them relapse simply to ease the torture of detoxing. We do not recommend going cold turkey.