Zoe Wilson Salman, MD, LLC
Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

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Opiate Dependence Treatment

In addition to my general psychiatric practice, I also provide buprenorphine treatment for opiate dependence. This page provides information for potential buprenorphine patients. Please read this page carefully before contacting me to discuss treatment.

My office-based practice offers private and confidential buprenorphine treatment. Your personal information will be not be accessed by anyone (except the dispensing pharmacist, as necessary). My practice is not a provider for any insurance panel and office fees are due at the time of service. However, if you wish to you may be able to submit your treatment receipts to insurance for partial out-of-network reimbursement. If you plan to do this, please contact your insurance company first, to find out how much they will reimburse you and whether this will work for you financially.


My practice is not suitable for all people needing buprenorphine treatment. Potential patients must:
  • Agree to remain in substance counseling while taking buprenorphine
  • Have strong motivation and commitment to overcoming illicit opiate use
  • Be behaviorally stable
  • Be in stable medical condition and under the care of a primary care physician
  • Be able to reliably attend office appointments
  • Be able to reliably pay office fees at the time of service
  • Be willing and able to work with a local pharmacy during treatment

About Buprenorphine / Suboxone: Buprenorphine is a medication with partial opiate effects, designed to assist people who have made the decision to stop using illicit opiates. It works by helping to prevent the withdrawal and craving experiences that often lead to relapse, without providing a “high” that reinforces use. It is much safer than continued use of illicit drugs and assists a person in regaining normal functioning. Buprenorphine is also safer than Methadone, LAAM, and other earlier maintenance treatments. Suboxone, the commercial version of the medication, also contains a small amount of naltrexone, an opiate “antidote”. This prevents overdose or abuse of the medication. Buprenorphine may be used as a stepping-stone to becoming free of opiate use altogether, or may be used as an indefinite “maintenance” therapy. This decision will be addressed with each client as treatment progresses.

Opiate Treatment Fees

Office fees for buprenorphine treatment may be paid by cash or credit card, and are as follows:
  • Intake appointment (screening, assessment, and instructions):
    • Patients planning to begin treatment: Payment due at the time of visit.
  • Ongoing appointments (1-3 in the week following induction. Thereafter, everyone to four weeks, depending on treatment stage):
    • Payment due at the time of visit. It is important to understand that if you treatment lapses more than two consecutive months you will need a new intake appointment in order to initiate treatment.
  • Next steps
    • If you feel that you would be a good fit for treatment here, please call my office to inquire about setting up an intake appointment.

You will need to complete the intake paperwork packet and return it by mail or fax at least two days prior to your Intake appointment. Please complete the Release of Information to allow contact with your therapist. If your Intake materials are not received at least two days before your appointment, I will postpone your appointment. If you are unable to download & print the intake packet, please request that I mail or fax it to you.

More information about Buprenorphine & Suboxone:

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

*** MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: The information on this website has been provided to you only for educational purposes. Any information provided by this site should not be considered a substitute for consultation with a Psychiatrist to address specific medical needs. Any link on my website does not imply that I endorse any of the products or services listed on these links.

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Updated: February 2014