Frequently Asked Questions

​Do you do new starts on suboxone?

Yes, if you are determined to be medically appropriate this can be done in the outpatient setting. This can be for heroin addiction and for tapering off pain pills.

Do you treat pain?

No, not primarily. This is an addiction medicine medical office, suboxone can be used for pain as well.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we take all major insurances. Please contact us to inquire further.

Can I pay cash if I do not have insurance?

Yes, cash payments are accepted.

How often do I have to come in?

If you are a new start on suboxone then you will need to come in daily for 3 days. This is to monitor your progress with the induction, and to titrate your dose. Then once weekly for four weeks, biweekly for three months. If doing well then monthly, per the doctor’s discretion. You will have random UDS (urine drug screens) and film/pill counts throughout your treatment.

If you are on a stable dose of suboxone and you transfer to Kai Shin, then you will need to come in weekly for 4 weeks, then biweekly three months, then monthly, again at the discretion of the doctor. This is to ensure you are on the right dose, we can monitor the urine drug screens, and have assess how you are doing.

What other requirements does Kai Shin have to be in the program?

Must attend 1:1 counseling with LADC (licensed alcohol drug counselor) weekly, attend 1-2 groups per week, OR go to formal programming (through an outside program). The counselor meetings will step down as you progress. We also recommend attending AA/NA weekly – sponsor is encouraged. Meeting with the Drug screens will be obtained at each visit. Must have a lock box. Patients will also have a full chemical health assessment (rule 25) and a diagnostic assessment.

Does Kai Shin allow me to be on Benzodiazepines?

The short answer is no. This will be tapered as this medication in conjunction with suboxone can lead to increased risk of respiratory depression. The taper can be arranged through your current treating physician or through one of the doctors at Kai Shin Clinic.

Does Kai Shin Clinic treat other addictions besides opiates?

Yes we treat alcohol addiction (must be detoxed or be willing to go to detox), methamphetamine, THC, crack cocaine, cocaine, other stimulants, K2, Kratom, Nicotine, and benzodiazepines.

What other medications does Kai Shin offer?

Vivitrol, Sublocade, Campral, Antabuse, and Mental Health Medications

What are the typical mental health concerns patients come to see Kai Shin about?

Kai Shin Clinic is an addiction clinic, dedicated to helping those with substance use and mental health. Typically our patients may also have a history of Trauma, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar, Ruling out Bipolar (meaning was this a substance induced mood disorder vs true bipolar?), Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Personality Disorders

Do you have rule 25?

Yes we do.

Does the clinic offer any testing?

Yes we do offer some psychological testing. Please inquire. Some testing may be recommended from your treatment team. Treatment team consists of (physician, LADC, and therapist).

Will you treat my ADHD?

Yes, typically non-addictive medications will be offered first.