Buprenorphine is utilized in a type of treatment known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Waltham who are dependent to opoids such as heroin or prescription pain killers. Unlike Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is only allowed to be distributed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and administered by qualifying doctors which provides more people with access to this form of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is utilized in recovery 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 they can stay off drugs as well as not participate in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first envisioned and implemented, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" treatment plan that would ideally include actual therapy practices for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one part of a larger all-encompassing plan.
Buprenorphine might also bring about some of the euphoric effects of other opiate narcotics so it can be misused. This is another reason it is highly suggested that anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the recovery method they want to take, to also receive help from professional addiction counselors to integrate other methods of behavioral therapy & counseling and life repair actions into their plan of recovery so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs offering this service near Waltham, MA