Buprenorphine is used in a type of treatment referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in South Deerfield who are opiate dependent to heroin or prescription pain killers. 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 in doctor's offices which supplies more people with access to this form of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in recovery it can help individuals who are going through the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and minimize these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can stay off drugs as well as not engage in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first envisioned and implemented, it wasn't meant to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a "whole-patient" treatment plan that would ideally include actual therapy practices for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one part of a larger comprehensive recovery plan.
Buprenorphine can also cause some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it can be abused. For this reason it is important for anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the recovery method they prefer to take, to also enlist the help of addiction counselors to incorporate other methods of substance abuse therapy & counseling and self-help actions into their plan of recovery so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers offering this service near South Deerfield, MA