Buprenorphine Treatment : What is It?

by Dr. Rich on September 22, 2011

What Is Buprenorphine Treatment ? 

Buprenorphine Treatment  Suboxone Treatment

Buprenorphine Treatment Suboxone Treatment

Buprenorphine treatment is another opioid dependence treatment. It is similar to methadone maintenance treatment. The Brand name for this medication is Suboxone. Opioid dependent patients have a very hard time getting and staying off opioids such as oxycontin, heroin, vicodin, and other narcotics. For those who are able to stop for a several days or a few weeks, most restart using. This is where buprenorphine treatment can help.

When a patient is getting buprenorphine treatment, they are able to go to their physician and get the prescription medication buprenorphine, which will eliminate the opioid withdrawals. Buprenorphine, is another narcotic. Taking buprenorphine will stop the withdrawals and cravings from other narcotics. The problem for many patients, however, is that you have to keep taking the buprenorphine. Also, getting off buprenorphine will cause opioid withdrawals too. However, when done under a doctor’s supervision, the withdrawal symptoms can be helped and the getting off narcotic has a better chance of working.

Why Buprenorphine Treatment ? Why Not Just Suddenly Stop

Getting on and staying on an opioid such as methadone or buprenorphine works better than quitting cold turkey. When placed on buprenorphine treatment, the person is not having to be concerned about getting stopped by the cops or having to worry about where there next “high’ is coming from. Since they are not craving opioids, they are able to focus their energy on fixing other areas of their lives.

Opioid dependence causes problems in most patient’s lives. They frequently are in having problems with the law. Employment may not be going well and their family is usually in some distress. Spending lots of time and money seeking  drugs causes these issues. When on narcotics, many people are impaired and are unable to focus driving, being an adult to their children, or functioning at their place of employment. Many come in to buprenorphine treatment because of these problems.

How Easy is Buprenorphine Treatment ?

Buprenorphine treatment is much easier and more convenient than methadone maintenance treatment. The evaluation is usually done in a private physician’s office. Getting stabilized on buprenorphine only takes several days. After a person is stable on the buprenorphine, they usually visit their doctor once per month. With methadone treatment, individuals have to go to the methadone clinic several times per week, if not daily.

Buprenorphine treatment is more private than methadone maintenance treatment. Clients are encouraged to seek a substance dependence therapist who can help them through the issues in their life. They can seek the therapist of their choice. Buprenorphine is taken sublingually and most clients don’t have problems with the medication. The schedule to see your buprenorphine clinic doctor is easier with this mediation than with methadone clinics.

If you have an opioid addiction, you should ask your physician about buprenorphine.  There is hope for stopping the addiction to narcotics. Buprenorphine is usually used for long-term treament. Some patients use buprenorphine treatment as a way to detox off opioids.

Buprenorphine Treatment Directory Find a Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Doctor Near You

Dr. Rich Senyszyn is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with licenses in Texas and Hawaii. He specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction with buprenorphine and runs a FREE locator service to find Oxycontin Help including Suboxone treatment of oxycontin addiction. Suboxone Treatment Center in your area.
Dr. Senyszyn has more articles on the cost of oxycontin, buprenorphine (Suboxone) including frequently asked questions and a recent post : How Do I Find A Buprenorphine Doctor?

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