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”. Buprenorphine may be used as a stepping-stone to become free of opiate use altogether, or may be used 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.
Buprenorphine Treatment at Direct2Recovery
Information: Our practice is not a provider for any insurance panel. All patients self-pay for services. However, if you wish to you may be able to submit your treatment receipts to insurance for partial out-of-network reimbursement. If you plan to do this, please contact your insurance company first, to find out how much they will reimburse you and whether this will work for your family.
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