Buprenorphine is used in a type of treatment referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Wenham who are dependent to opoids such as heroin or prescription pain killers. Not like Methadone which is also used in medication assisted treatment but is usually only distributed in strictly controlled clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which gives more people with access to this form of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in treatment it can help someone who is experiencing the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine works to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the person can stay off drugs as well as not engage in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first envisioned and implemented, it wasn't intended to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a multi-faceted treatment plan that would also involve actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction. Buprenorphine use would only be one component of a larger all-encompassing plan.
Buprenorphine might also produce the euphoric "high" associated with other opiate narcotics so it is commonly misused. This is another reason it is important for anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the treatment route they'd like to take, to also enlist the help of addiction counselors to integrate other methods of substance abuse therapy & counseling and life repair actions into their plan of rehabilitation so that they feel confident about recovery.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs offering this service near Wenham, MA