Suboxone® Treatment

Treatment with Buprenorphine Medications

Outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder is our specialty at Middlesex Recovery. We offer individualized, comprehensive treatment plans that include buprenorphine and Suboxone® therapies accompanied with counseling services. We help our patients to seek and start their own individual recovery plan and more importantly help support them on how to sustain it. Find Suboxone® Outpatient Treatment near me.

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Benefits of Suboxone® Medications

  • Approved by the FDA in clinical use in 2002, buprenorphine has been proven to be effective in opioid addiction. 
  • The first opioid treatment medication approved for this use, buprenorphine can be prescribed by a medical provider and filled at any pharmacy. This allows flexibility and freedom from daily program visits. 
  • A long acting medication, taking it as prescribed prevents cravings and withdrawals for 24 hours or more. As patients stabilize, physicians may reduce the dosing to every other day. 
  • When taken as prescribed, it is safe and effective in helping lower future potential misuse
  • Increases safety in cases of overdose

How Does Buprenorphine Treatment Work?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), buprenorphine treatment takes place in three phases:

  1. The Induction Phase
    The medication is administered when an opioid dependent individual has abstained from using the substance for 12 to 24 hours and is in the early stages of opioid withdrawal. An important note to make is that buprenorphine can bring on acute withdrawal for patients who are not in the early stages of withdrawal and who have other opioids in their bloodstream.
  2. The Stabilization Phase
    This stage begins after a patient has discontinued or greatly reduced their misuse of opioids, no longer has cravings, and experiences few if any side effects. The buprenorphine dose may need to be adjusted during this phase through the patient’s physician. Because of the long-acting agent of buprenorphine, once patients have been stabilized, they can sometimes switch to alternate-day dosing instead of dosing every day.
  3. The Maintenance Phase
    This last phase occurs when a patient is doing well on a steady dose of buprenorphine. The length of time of the maintenance phase is tailored to each patient and could be indefinite. 

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Individualized Treatment Plans

Our skilled medical team and counseling staff will work with each patient to develop a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs. Those plans will include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine and buprenorphine compounds such as Suboxone®
  • Ongoing medical and clinical assessment
  • Individual counseling 
  • Support Group Therapy 
  • Referral to community resources
  • Tobacco cessation assistance
  • Referrals for Lab services