Buprenorphine is utilized in a type of treatment referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Pepperell who are dependent to opoids such as prescription pain killers or heroin. Dissimilar to Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be administered in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine may be prescribed and administered by qualifying doctors which gives easier access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in treatment it can help someone who is experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and minimize these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can focus and stay off drugs as well as not carry out harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first conceived and put into action, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a multi-faceted treatment plan that would ideally incorporate actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a larger all-encompassing recovery plan.
Buprenorphine might also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiate narcotics so it can be misused. This is another reason it is important for anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the recovery plan they prefer to take, to also receive help from substance abuse counselors to integrate other methods of substance abuse therapy and life repair programs into their course of treatment to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities offering this service near Pepperell, MA