Buprenorphine is utilized in a type of treatment known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Montague who are opiate dependent to prescription pain killers or heroin. Not like Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be administered in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which gives easier access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in recovery it can help individuals who are going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to manage and minimize these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can stay off drugs and not engage in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first envisioned and perpetuated, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" treatment plan that would also include actual rehabilitation for substance abuse and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a larger comprehensive plan.
Buprenorphine might also bring about the euphoric "high" associated with other opiate narcotics so it is commonly abused. For this reason it is crucial for anyone thinking about medication assisted treatment as the treatment method they prefer to take, to also enlist the help of professional addiction counselors to include other types of substance abuse therapy & counseling and life repair actions into their course of treatment to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs offering this service near Montague, MA