Buprenorphine is utilized in what is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Scituate who are dependent to opoids such as 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 by qualifying doctors which supplies more people with access to this form of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in treatment it can help someone who is going through the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to manage and reduce these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can stay off drugs and not participate in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first envisioned and perpetuated, it wasn't intended to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a multi-faceted approach that would also involve actual therapy practices for substance abuse and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a bigger comprehensive plan.
Buprenorphine will also produce the euphoric "high" associated with other opiates so it is sometimes abused. For this reason it is highly suggested that anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the recovery method they prefer to take, to also enlist the help of addiction counselors to include other methods of behavioral therapy & counseling and self-help programs into their course of recovery to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service near Scituate, MA