Buprenorphine is utilized in a type of treatment known as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for individuals in West Hatfield 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 dispensed in highly structured clinics, Buprenorphine can be prescribed and dispensed in doctor's offices which provides easier access to this type of opiate treatment.
When Buprenorphine is utilized in treatment it can help someone who is experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to control and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can focus and stay off drugs as well as not participate in typical drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first conceived and implemented, it wasn't intended to be a stand-alone activity but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would ideally incorporate actual rehabilitation for opioid dependency and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a larger comprehensive recovery plan.
Buprenorphine can also cause the euphoric "high" associated with other opiate narcotics so it can be misused. For this reason it is highly suggested that anyone deciding on medication assisted treatment as the recovery route they'd like to take, to also receive help from substance abuse counselors to include other types of substance abuse therapy and self-help actions into their course of recovery to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers offering this service near West Hatfield, MA