Buprenorphine is used in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Millbury who are opiate dependent to prescription pain killers or heroin. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be administered in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which supplies more people with access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in treatment it can help individuals who are experiencing the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to manage and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can easier detox and stay off drugs as well as not engage in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first realized and implemented, it wasn't meant to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a multi-faceted approach that would also include actual rehabilitation for substance abuse and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a larger all-encompassing plan.
Buprenorphine might also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it is commonly misused. For this reason it is crucial for anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the recovery route they prefer to take, to also work with professional addiction counselors to integrate other methods of substance abuse therapy & counseling and self-help programs into their plan of rehabilitation so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Facilities offering this service near Millbury, MA