FAQ

Do you take insurance?

We are now taking BlueCross BlueShield, TennCare (BlueCare and Amerigroup only), and Medicare.

For patients with BCBS, you may or may not be eligible depending on your plan. For those who are eligible, you will either have to pay a copay or coinsurance fee. Some plans are subjected to a deductible. Please call for more details.

For patients with TennCare, we do not accept UnitedHealthCare at this time. For eligible BlueCare and Amerigroup patients, there are no fees for your office visit and your medication (with prior authorization) is covered with a copay.

For patients with Medicare, there is a 20% coinsurance fee after your annual deductible is met. Please call for more details. If you have Medicare with Dual Eligibility (Medicare & Medicaid), there are no fees for your office visit and your medication (with prior authorization) is covered with a copay.

What do you do at Breakthrough Medical?

Our ultimate mission is to assist each patient in becoming stable and sober from addiction,  while restoring stability and function in life; helping you feel normal again. Once stabilization has been reached, our goal is to eventually taper each patient completely off of all addictive medications, with the promise that we will do it in a manner that will not require you to suffer or relapse during the process. We strive to achieve this freedom as soon as we feel it is safe and prudent to do so, thus enabling every patient to achieve lifelong sobriety.

Our philosophy, fees and expectations are personally discussed with every patient, both on the phone when booking the first appointment, and in person during the first patient encounter in the clinic.

What exactly is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine (BYOO-pre-NOR-feen) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction in the privacy of a physician's office. Buprenorphine can be dispensed for take home use by prescription. This, in addition to buprenorphine's pharmacological and safety profile, makes it an attractive treatment for patients who struggle with opioid use.

To learn more about Buprenorphine, click on the PDF icon file below.

What is the Naloxone for?

Naloxone is present to discourage misuse. If injected, the Naloxone may precipitate withdrawal in patients already physically dependent on other opioids.

 

Taken sublingually as directed, along with the Buprenorphine, Naloxone is clinically insignificant. The safety and efficacy profile of sublingual Buprenorphine/Naloxone is the equivalent to that of Buprenorphine alone.

Is Buprenorphine treatment just trading one addiction for another?

No, with successful Buprenorphine treatment, the compulsive behavior, the loss of control with drug use, and constant cravings vanish. When all signs and symptoms of dependence vanish, we call that remission, not switching addictions. The key to understanding this is knowing the difference between physical dependence and addiction.

To learn more about physical dependence, addiction, and how Buprenorphine is not trading one addiction for another, click on the PDF icon below.