Buprenorphine is utilized in what is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Lawrence who are dependent to opoids such as heroin or prescription pain killers. Not like Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be dispensed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered by qualifying doctors which supplies easier access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in treatment it can help someone who is going through the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that they can stay off drugs as well as not participate in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first formed and perpetuated, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would also involve actual rehabilitation for substance abuse and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a larger all-encompassing 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 important for anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the recovery route they'd like to take, to also work with addiction counselors to incorporate other forms of behavioral therapy & counseling and life repair actions into their plan of recovery so that they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 1 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service in Lawrence, MA