Buprenorphine is used in what is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Accord who are dependent to opoids such as prescription pain killers or heroin. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be dispensed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine may be prescribed and administered by qualifying doctors which gives more people with access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in recovery it can help someone who is experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to manage and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can stay off drugs and not participate in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first envisioned and implemented, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would also include actual therapy practices for substance abuse and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a bigger comprehensive recovery plan.
Buprenorphine can also bring about some of the euphoric effects of other opiate narcotics so it can be abused. For this reason it is highly suggested that anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the treatment plan they want to take, to also receive help from addiction counselors to integrate other forms of substance abuse therapy and life repair programs into their plan of rehabilitation to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs offering this service near Accord, MA