Are You Struggling With Addiction to Heroin or Pain Medications?

As addiction to Heroin or narcotic pain medication progresses, individuals find that they become less sensitive and require more drugs to produce the same effect, putting them at increasing risk for overdose and death. As the drug wears off, the brain begins to crave opioids, sometimes to the point of uncontrollable compulsion. The cycle repeats and escalates and individuals begin to find it difficult to function and manage their daily lives.

Opioid addiction develops from changes to structure and functioning of the brain which influence behavior. Addiction is not caused by poor morals, it is not controlled by willpower and it is not cured by good advice. Addiction is a disease like diabetes or cancer and it is treatable. Suboxone can help.

Our Suboxone Program

Suboxone is an evidence-based, FDA approved treatment medication for Heroin or other opioid addiction. Suboxone treatment is provided at The Guidance Center through the outpatient department at the Bradford clinic in McKean County.

The program is staffed by psychiatrists and a wellness nurse. Drug and alcohol counselors, case workers and Recovery Support Specialists provide additional support services.

Evening and Saturday appointments are available. Services are billed to your health insurance and offered on a sliding scale for self-pay individuals.

How Suboxone Works

Suboxone is a partial agonist, which means it has a limited opioid effect, enough to stop the withdrawal symptoms but not enough to cause the high that one gets from using full agonist opiates such as Heroin.

Suboxone helps relieve the cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms so individuals can better manage their daily lives and focus on their treatment and recovery.


  • 18 years of age
  • Be willing to participate in an assessment and recommended treatment and support services
  • Meet the criteria for opiate dependence.
  • Agree to follow program rules and safety precautions including regular drug testing and medication callback checks

Program Structure and Schedule

The frequency of clinic visits is based on individual needs.

Typically individuals will see the Suboxone psychiatrist weekly when treatment first begins. With stable adjustment, clients may be seen every other week and eventually monthly.

Individuals must also agree to participate in counseling services. At a minimum, participants will receive at least 2 ½ hours of counseling per month during the first two years, 1 hour per month during the third and fourth year, and one hour every other month thereafter.

Drug and Alcohol Case Management and Recovery Support services may also be recommended services for some individuals.