Buprenorphine is a medication with partial opiate effects, designed to assist people who have made the decision to stop using opiates, or to switch over from methadone maintenance. It works by helping to prevent the withdrawal and craving experiences that often lead to relapse, without providing a “high” that reinforces use. It is much safer than continued use of illicit drugs and can assist a person in regaining normal functioning. Buprenorphine is also safer than Methadone, LLAM, and other earlier maintenance treatments. Suboxone, the commercial version of the medication, also contains a small amount of naltrexone, an opiate “antidote”. Using buprenorphine can be a stepping-stone to become free of opiate use altogether, or as an indefinite “maintenance” therapy. This decision will be addressed with each client as treatment progresses. In general, tapering to very low dose or complete discontinuation will be the goal of treatment.
Vivitrol is another treatment option we provide if you have detoxed safely off of an opiate. It is given as a monthly injection. This option can be discussed during your intake visit.