Buprenorphine is used in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Swampscott who are opiate dependent to heroin or prescription pain killers. Not like Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only dispensed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine may be prescribed and dispensed by qualifying doctors which gives more people with access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is administered in recovery it can help individuals who are experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can stay off drugs and not carry out harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first formed and put into action, it wasn't meant to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would ideally incorporate actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a bigger all-encompassing treatment plan.
Buprenorphine will also produce some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it is commonly misused. For this reason it is highly suggested that anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the recovery route they prefer to take, to also receive help from substance abuse counselors to include other forms of substance abuse therapy and self-help programs into their course of rehabilitation so that they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers offering this service near Swampscott, MA