Buprenorphine is utilized in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Bellingham who are dependent to opoids such as heroin or prescription pain killers. 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 dispensed in doctor's offices which gives easier access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in treatment it can help individuals who are going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can easier detox and stay off drugs as well as not engage in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first realized and put into action, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would typically involve actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a bigger comprehensive recovery plan.
Buprenorphine will also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiate narcotics so it is commonly misused. This is another reason it is highly suggested that anyone thinking about medication assisted treatment as the treatment method they'd like to take, to also work with addiction counselors to incorporate other types of substance abuse therapy & counseling and self-help programs into their plan of treatment so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facilities offering this service near Bellingham, MA