Buprenorphine is used in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Abington who are opiate dependent to prescription pain killers or heroin. Dissimilar to Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be administered in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which gives easier access to this form of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is utilized in recovery it can help someone who is going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to manage and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can easier detox and stay off drugs and not engage in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first formed and perpetuated, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a multi-faceted approach that would typically incorporate actual therapy practices for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a larger comprehensive plan.
Buprenorphine can also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it can be abused. This is another reason it is crucial for anyone thinking about medication assisted treatment as the treatment method they prefer to take, to also enlist the help of addiction counselors to integrate other types of behavioral therapy & counseling and self-help actions into their plan of rehabilitation to ensure they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facilities offering this service near Abington, MA