In medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a common medication deployed by professionals is buprenorphine. This treatment medication helps reduce the impact of opioids on patients as they work their way through recovery. At Sunlight Medical Services’ buprenorphine treatment program in Glendale, AZ, individuals struggling with opioid use disorder care able to diminish their physical dependence on opioids. Buprenorphine eases withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This FDA approved medication is used in products like Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone: an overdose lifesaver) film, Bunavail (buprenorphine and naloxone) buccal film, Zubsolv (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablets, Buprenorphine-containing transmucosal products, and Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release) a once-monthly injection. Sunlight Medical Services provides patients with the resources they need to beat addiction and heal.
Benefits of a Buprenorphine Treatment Program Glendale AZ
For more than 20 years, buprenorphine has been an effective means for treating opioid use disorder. Opioids activate the brain’s neurotransmitters. This releases pleasurable chemicals throughout the body. However, with repeated use, individuals develop a physical dependence and tolerance as brain chemistry changes requiring the opioid to manage the release of endorphins. Thus, when an individual attempts to quit opioids, they experience withdrawal symptoms. Often, these symptoms can be quite severe.
In medication-assisted treatment, medications like buprenorphine activate the brain’s opiate receptors, but to a lesser degree. Doing so allows patients to manage their cravings, minimize their withdrawal symptoms, and begin to ween themselves off opioids. There are several ways to take buprenorphine medication. It can be administered in a patch form or implant (Probuphine).
This medication can help those struggling with opioid use disorder and get them started on not only addressing their physical addiction but also transition into necessary behavioral therapy. Often, medication-assisted treatment is conducted at the same time as behavioral therapy. In this way, patients can build up their mental and emotional confidence through therapy. However, the buprenorphine treatment program gives patients the breathing room to focus on therapy instead of struggling with their cravings.
Possible Side Effects
While a buprenorphine treatment program has many benefits, there are some side effects that patients need to be aware of as they begin treatment. However, most individuals report these side effects are mild. But if you do experience side effects, to any degree, it makes sense to speak with your counselor or therapist to adjust your dosage. Also, patients in a buprenorphine treatment program may need to modify or alter their dosage over time to continue to have the best chance at success.
Though rare and varying in intensity and severity, buprenorphine has some side effects patients should be aware of including:
- Sleep issues like insomnia or fatigue
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Digestive issues
- Sudden and extreme mood swings
Within a medication-assisted treatment program, patients need to be honest with their counselors, therapists, and doctors. For treatment to be effective, patients need to give regular and detailed updates. Because within a buprenorphine treatment program, doctors prescribe medication and patients administer it themselves, communication is vital. By doing so, patients ensure their safety and well-being.
Sunlight Medical Services
In our comfortable and professional facility located in a medical plaza, you’ll find the medication-assisted treatment program that will work best for you. Also, Sunlight Medical Services offers several behavioral programs to support your treatment. For example, we offer the following:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Behavioral Intervention for Pain
These therapies and programs combined with our medication-assisted treatment program give patients the comprehensive care needed to make a lasting recovery. Here at Sunlight, we understand what you’re going through, and we know we can help you get control back. So contact us today at 855.920.1104 to learn how Sunlight can help you.