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Suboxone Intensive Outpatient Program (SIOP)

Suboxone Induction Phase

Suboxone Intensive Outpatient Program

While the SIOP was designed for suboxone induction for opiate abuse it can be modified for alcohol use disorder being treated using Naltrexone (Vivitrol).
At Northland, the first phase of treatment for most people who are diagnosed with moderate to severe opiate use disorder is our Suboxone Intensive Outpatient Program. This phase of treatment is five days and includes the suboxone induction phase. During the suboxone induction phase, there are three distinct stages.

Day One (Detox Day one) Procedure

This will be the longest day at our facility. Please bring lunch and un-opened non-alcoholic beverages. We will have complimentary snacks and water. Plan on being at Northland for the entire day (8am-5pm)

You must show up in what we call a “semi-withdrawn” state. This is very important and if you are not you will not be allowed to begin the induction as serious complications could result.

A semi withdrawn state means:

  • Not using methadone** or long-acting painkillers for at least 48 hours
  • Not having used heroin or any short-acting painkillers/opiates for at least 24 hours
  • Not having used alcohol within 24 hours

**For methadone you must be tapered down to 30mg per day or less before you begin your suboxone induction

Being in this semi withdrawn state will allow the Suboxone to work and lessen your withdrawal symptoms. However, if you are not in withdrawal taking suboxone will cause severe withdrawal symptoms and we will not be able to proceed with the suboxone induction procedure.

If you are NOT in withdrawal, please notify your detox nurse immediately before you are dosed with suboxone

Day Two (Detox Day Two) Procedure

Please plan on being at Northland for about 5 hours on this day. Please bring lunch and unopened non-alcoholic beverages. We will provide light snacks and water but NOT lunch.

On the second day, you will generally proceed through these steps

Step one: Medical assessment

Step Two: Physician follow up

Step Three: Observed Dosing and Lab tests

Step Four: IOP Scheduling and Case management

Stage Three (Days 3-7)

These days are your first days of recovery! We welcome you into our Intensive Outpatient Program where you get familiar with our procedure and after your first five days, you then begin the 12 week IOP programming.

If you are ready to begin your journey to recovery call now.