Buprenorphine is used in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Groveland who are opiate dependent to heroin or prescription pain killers. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be dispensed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices which supplies more people with access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in recovery it can help someone who is going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and reduce these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can stay off drugs and not participate in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first conceived and perpetuated, it wasn't intended to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would also include actual therapy practices for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a bigger all-encompassing plan.
Buprenorphine can also produce the euphoric "high" associated with other opiate narcotics so it can be abused. For this reason it is important for anyone thinking about medication assisted treatment as the treatment plan they want to take, to also enlist the help of professional addiction counselors to include other forms of behavioral therapy and self-help actions into their plan of recovery so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Groveland, MA