Buprenorphine is utilized in what is referred to as medication assisted treatment (MAT) for people in Whately who are dependent to opoids such as prescription pain killers or heroin. Dissimilar to 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 dispensed in doctor's offices which supplies more people with access to this type of treatment.
When Buprenorphine is used in recovery it can help individuals who are going through the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms brought on by opiate withdrawal. Buprenorphine helps to manage and diminish these withdrawal symptoms so that the individual can easier detox and stay off drugs and not participate in harmful drug seeking behaviors. When the medication assisted treatment idea was first conceived and perpetuated, it wasn't meant to be a primary form of treatment but rather only part of a "whole-patient" approach that would also incorporate actual rehabilitation for substance abuse and addiction recovery. Buprenorphine use would only be one piece of a bigger all-encompassing recovery plan.
Buprenorphine can also cause some of the euphoric effects of other opiates so it is sometimes misused. This is another reason it is highly suggested that anyone choosing medication assisted treatment as the recovery route they prefer to take, to also enlist the help of addiction counselors to incorporate other forms of substance abuse therapy & counseling and life repair programs into their plan of recovery to ensure they are not at risk of relapse.
There are 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers offering this service near Whately, MA