Buprenorphine is used in what is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Southbridge Town 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 administered in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine may be prescribed and administered in doctor's offices which gives easier access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in treatment it can help individuals who are experiencing the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to manage and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can focus and stay off drugs and not carry out typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first realized and put into action, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would also involve actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a larger all-encompassing plan.
Buprenorphine might also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it can be misused. For this reason it is crucial for anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the treatment method they prefer to take, to also receive help from substance abuse counselors to integrate other methods of behavioral therapy & counseling and self-help actions into their plan of treatment so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities offering this service near Southbridge Town, MA