Buprenorphine Maintenance Can Help Patients Overcome Opiate Addictions
Buprenorphine maintenance is a medication-assisted treatment option for individuals with opioid dependencies. Buprenorphine, sometimes referred to by the brand-name Suboxone®, is similar to methadone, as both medications are used to help patients manage the physiological symptoms of withdrawing from a prescription pain pill or heroin. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes substance abuse counseling and other forms of support, buprenorphine maintenance has been shown to be an effective treatment option for individuals seeking to recover from opioid addictions and regain control over their lives.
Buprenorphine maintenance treatment involves three phases:
- The induction phase – The initial dose, whether Suboxone® or the generic buprenorphine, can be administered at a physician’s office or at an opioid treatment center, such as MedMark. The patient needs to abstain from opioid use for at least 12 hours to be in the early stages of withdrawal before receiving the first dose.
- The stabilization phase – Over time, patients receiving buprenorphine maintenance treatment will experience a reduction in cravings and side effects, enabling them to stop misusing pain pills or heroin.
- The maintenance phase – This phase occurs when the patient is on a steady dose of Suboxone® or another form of buprenorphine and able to maintain a stable lifestyle. Patients may choose to stay in this phase long-term, or they may transition to medically supervised withdrawal for further rehabilitation.
MedMark Treatment Centers offers buprenorphine maintenance as a treatment option at select clinics. Where it is available, our medical professionals can help determine whether buprenorphine or methadone is the right medication-assisted treatment option to aid in your recovery. If you’d like more information on the opiate addiction treatment program that our outpatient clinics provide, contact MedMark Treatment Centers today and take your first step on the pathway to recovery.