There are several resources for finding buprenorphine-certified doctors. I’ll plug my forum, SuboxForum, as one such place. The Forum has close to 10,000 registered members, and visitor traffic is much higher, since registration is not required to read posts. I do not share or sell registration info, and you can register with fake information, if the idea of giving a name creeps you out. Feel free to visit and ask if anyone knows of open docs in your area.
There are several web sites that are designed to pair patients and doctors. They are not provided in any particular order, and other than being a bit leery of the pharmaceutical company’s site for reasons cited below, I don’t favor one over another. I suspect that some listed doctors will be full, or may have ever retired from the Suboxone business for reasons described on the main page. But along with the sites listed by commenters, you should get off on a good start.
This site has changed over the years from a directory to a promotional site for doctors willing to pay a fee. The site has a link to the directory put out the manufacturer of Suboxone Film (see below), but otherwise contains general comments encouraging people to get help, and a short list of promoted practices. Not all that useful.
A portal where prospective patients enter their location and other information, and that information is then sent to certified doctors who have signed up to be matched with patients. There are links to other sites, including a forum. The site is a question mark to me, because it self-described as an ‘alliance of advocates’, but I’ve never met, read about, or spoken with a buprenorphine prescriber who is ‘allied’ with them. Of course if patients want an alliance, that’s what my forum is for!
Includes a listing of ‘Here to Help’ doctors– which should be considered a wall of shame, since such doctors have pledged to prescribe only the pharmaceutical company, Reckitt Benckiser Group’s Suboxone ‘Film’, regardless of patient preference, request, or need.
This government agency site has a detailed search function that finds doctors based on zip code, state, city, or name of doctor. Since SAMHSA knows who is and is not certified, this list to be the most comprehensive. The list also contains names of docs who became certified at some point in the past ten years, but never set up, or perhaps discontinued, treatment with buprenorphine. As of 2017 the site has been upgraded, and is the most current site on the internet today. Use it!
The site provides a nice listing of doctors by state and by city, which would be a very handy thing if the listings were accurate. As of 2017, many of the listed doctors are retired or full, and doctors or nurse practitioners entering the field in the past year or two are not listed. But the site does provide a starting point, as many of the listed doctors who are still around may know who is accepting new patients out there.
All of the sites listed above are free to the person looking for a physician. Most are free for the physician as well. There is a nice mix of sites supported by the pharmaceutical industry, by the government, and by a few private individuals.
Each Suboxone-certified physician can treat only 30 or 100 patients, depending on certification level. Many of us hope that the cap on patients will be raised or eliminated at some point, since there is a clear shortage of cerified doctors in some regions, and there is no limit to the number of patients that a physician can treat with narcotic pain medications. The cap is determined by Federal law, so changing the cap takes more than just an administrative decision.
I hope these sites are helpful. Before you go, check out the ‘search’ function in the upper right corner of the page. You’ll find my blog articles about almost every aspect of opioid dependence, as well as six years of posts by other patients taking or considering Suboxone, who are/were in your shoes.