Long story short I realized I was having a problem with pain pills. It's so embarrassing to admit that this happened to me.....I never saw it coming. So with the support of my husband I went to a psychiatrist and have been taking suboxone for about a month and it is a miracle drug.
I paid for the doc visit out-of-pocket as the addictionologist I went to doesn't take insurance. After a long talk with him about my confidentiality I decided to fill the script on my insurance and pay $100 co-pay as opposed to $569.00 out-of-pocket. As I discussed with him I am obviously very concerned about my employer and more importantly the BON. He was very supportive and reassuring that he takes care of nurses, doctors, teachers, cops, ect and he has never had someone's insurance company "out them" for their treatment. His response to my concern about filling this med on my health insurance was "If your insurance company reports you to your employer or the board for taking suboxone....you call me and I will give you the name of a lawyer that specializes in HIPAA and your settlement will be so big you won't ever have to work again."
Now before you start judging there are things to know:
1. I never diverted. I got more than enough pills from my doc so it was never worth the risk for me.
2. I have not had any troubles at work. No disciplinary action of any kind and just had an excellent annual review.
3. suboxone doesn't show up on standard drug tests (you have to test for it specifically)
I just renewed my license so I have 2 more years before I have to check the yes or no box on "weather I have been treated for substance abuse." The more I think about it I wish I had just paid out of pocket for the med so there would be no paper trail. I just don't know what to do. I am fully responsible for my actions and I accept that. But at the same time I was taking legal meds that were legally prescribed to me. It just got to the point where I would get sick if I didn't take them. That's why I sought help. I took 1 week off of work (approved vacation time) to start this new medication and returned to work healthy and better than ever.
So.....any of you out there have experience with this? Should I self report to the board or just cross my fingers?