Buprenorphine is utilized in a type of treatment referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Mendon who are opiate dependent to heroin or prescription pain killers. Not like Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only dispensed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed by qualifying doctors which provides more people with access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in treatment it can help individuals who are going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and minimize these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can stay off drugs as well as not participate in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first envisioned and perpetuated, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a multi-faceted approach that would ideally incorporate actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one part of a larger comprehensive treatment plan.
Buprenorphine might also bring about the euphoric "high" associated with other opiates so it is sometimes abused. For this reason it is important for anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the recovery method they want to take, to also receive help from professional addiction counselors to integrate other methods of behavioral therapy and self-help actions into their course of rehabilitation to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Mendon, MA