Buprenorphine is used in a type of treatment referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in Vineyard Haven who are opiate dependent to prescription pain killers or heroin. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only dispensed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which gives more people with access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is utilized in recovery it can help someone who is going through the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can stay off drugs and not participate in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment concept was first conceived and perpetuated, it wasn't meant to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a multi-faceted approach that would ideally incorporate actual therapy practices for substance abuse and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one part of a bigger comprehensive treatment plan.
Buprenorphine might also bring about the euphoric "high" associated with other opiate narcotics so it is sometimes abused. For this reason it is important for anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the treatment method they'd like to take, to also work with professional addiction counselors to include other methods of behavioral therapy & counseling and life repair programs into their plan of treatment to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centers offering this service near Vineyard Haven, MA