How to Become a Suboxone Doctor in Tennessee

If you’re a physician and are looking to join the ever-growing world of addiction medicine, then you’ll need a DEA X license. Also known as a Practitioner Waiver.

What is a Practitioner Waiver / DEA X License?

A practitioner Waiver allows a physician to prescribe Suboxone (Buprenorphine and/or Buprenorphine & Naloxone) to his/her patients. After a physician applies for a practitioner waiver, they are assigned a DEA X number (aka: “X DEA” number). Typically, a DEA X number is almost identical to the doctor’s DEA number, but the first character is replaced with an “X”.

Example DEA and DEA X Numbers

DEA: BW0000000
XDEA: XW0000000

What to Do After You Receive a Practitioner Waiver?

Go to work and start helping people suffering from the disease of addiction
Nashville Recovery is Nashville’s highest-rated outpatient recovery clinic for good reason: Our patients love our staff and our clean, casual environment. Nashville Recovery is the ideal place to begin a full or part-time career in addiction medicine due to the extremely knowledgable staff of physicians who can make the learning curve shorter and easier. And, you can earn fairly substantial income in the process.

Does Addiction Medicine Pay Well?

Yes, if you’re working with the right team. Nashville Recovery offers a physician compensation plan that starts generously while providing unlimited income potential. Please contact us to speak with one of our managing partners at (615) 431-3701

How Many Patients Can I See After I Receive My Practitioner Waiver?

  • Year One: You will be limited to treating 30 patients per month.
  • Year Two: You will be able to treat up to 100 patients per month.
  • Year Three and Up: You will be able to treat up to 275 patients per month.
  • Year Three and Up as an Addiction Specialist: It is our understanding that physicians who also become an Addiction Specialist may be able to treat 500 or more patients per month. (Please visit the SAMHSA website to verify this information)

Is Training Required to Obtain a Practitioner Waiver for Prescribing Suboxone?

Yes. An eight hour training course is required.

How Do I Apply for a Practitioner Waiver or DEA X License?

Visit the SAMHSA website today to apply for a practitioner waiver to prescribe or dispense buprenorphine under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000).

How Soon Can I Start Prescribing Suboxone?

According to the SAMHSA website, it can take up to 45 days to receive a response after requesting a practitioner waiver. However, SAMHSA also offers an “immediate” option for prescribing Suboxone. Please click here to apply for an instant practitioner waiver.

Please visit the SAMHSA website for all details regarding applying for a practitioner waiver.