Buprenorphine is utilized in what is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in New Bedford who are dependent to opoids such as heroin or prescription pain killers. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only distributed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed 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 experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to control and reduce these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can focus and stay off drugs as well as not carry out harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first realized and put into action, it wasn't intended to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a "whole-patient" treatment plan that would ideally involve actual therapy practices for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a larger all-encompassing treatment plan.
Buprenorphine can 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 treatment route they'd like to take, to also work with substance abuse counselors to include other types of behavioral therapy and self-help programs into their plan of treatment to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 3 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs offering this service in New Bedford, MA