Buprenorphine is used in a type of treatment known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Ashby who are opiate dependent to prescription pain killers or heroin. Dissimilar to Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only dispensed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine may be prescribed and dispensed by qualifying doctors which provides more people with access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is utilized in recovery it can help someone who is experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to manage and reduce these withdrawal symptoms so that they can easier detox and stay off drugs as well as not carry out typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first envisioned and implemented, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" treatment plan that would typically include actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one part of a larger all-encompassing treatment plan.
Buprenorphine might also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiate narcotics so it is sometimes abused. This is another reason it is crucial for anyone thinking about medication assisted treatment as the recovery plan they'd like to take, to also work with addiction counselors to integrate other methods of substance abuse therapy and life repair actions into their plan of recovery so that they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service near Ashby, MA