Suboxone and Subutex (buprenorphine)

Suboxone Treatment

Potomac Psychiatry offers three different treatment services for patients who are prescribed Suboxone:

  • Complete Detoxification
  • Detoxification + Maintenance Therapy
  • Maintenance Therapy

Suboxone can be used in the short-term to “detox” a patient as well as in the longer-term for “maintenance therapy”. While many patients do well with just counseling and/or self-help groups, for others these approaches are not sufficient, and they need medication support as well.

Treatment with Suboxone is carefully administered through regular consultations with the doctor. Click on this link for more details on Suboxone (buprenorphine), which…

  • Suppresses withdrawal symptoms
  • Reduces cravings
  • Blocks effects of other opioids
  • Helps patients maintain continuous treatment
  • Is safer than methadone

Please contact us at (301) 984-9791 to schedule a preliminary intake evaluation or a free 15 minute consult with our Suboxone certified doctor. Our experienced professionals look forward to meeting you.

Recognizing Signs of Opioid Addiction

If you or a loved one is currently taking a prescription painkiller medication (e.g. opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, or Vicodin), the presence of any of the following symptoms may be a sign of an opioid addiction:

  • Increased usage and/or longer usage of medication than originally intended
  • Irritability/agitation when off the regimen
  • Higher dosing needed to reach same level of effectiveness
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Avoiding daily tasks/routines

Recognizing these signs early and getting treatment may be the key to prevention and sobriety.

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) included 650 participants addicted to prescription painkillers treated with Suboxone. Over the course of 12 weeks, 49% of the participants decreased the abuse of prescription painkillers. When the Suboxone was stopped, success rates dropped to 8.6%.

We Look Forward to Helping You

Suboxone treatment is effective and painless. You do not need to be in withdrawal or suffer tremendously before reaching out for help. Treatment can be initiated at any point within the recovery process.

Potomac Psychiatry offers Suboxone patients:

  • Ease of scheduling appointments
  • Immediate assistance
  • Comfortable atmosphere without judgment
  • Both individual and group therapy options

Meet Dr. Carr

John Carr, M.D.


John Carr, M.D. is a certified DATA-waived Suboxone physician, and is our Substance Abuse treatment specialist. As an expert in this field he has extensive experience with psychopharmacology related to Suboxone, and employs a number of proven psychotherapy techniques, including Motivational Interviewing and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), to effectively treat opioid addictions. He is very passionate about providing the finest possible patient care and experience, and works best in a collaborative relationship with his patients.

Dr. Carr has held a variety of senior leadership positions in our area, including Associate Medical Director/Staff Addiction Psychiatrist at Kolmac Clinic, and Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at the Washington Adventist Hospital. In addition, he served our country with distinction in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as a Battalion Surgeon in the Second Battalion Fourth Marines, where he received the following awards: National Defense Medal, South West Asia Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, and Combat Action Ribbon. Curriculum vitae for Dr. John Carr.