Addiction to heroin, morphine, and other opioids is not easy to break without medical help. A successful addiction treatment program will include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) along with behavioral therapy that can help reduce your cravings and allow you to focus on your recovery. One medication that can help during this process is buprenorphine. If you’re beginning a treatment program, you might have questions about this medication.
At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, our medical staff will prescribe buprenorphine if it is determined during your evaluation that you can benefit from this medication to help with your recovery. Call 833.448.0127 today to learn how buprenorphine treatment can help you on the road to recovery.
Can You Develop a Dependency on Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid, and there is a potential for misuse. If someone without an opioid addiction takes buprenorphine, this can lead to them trying a full opioid once the limiting pleasurable effects of buprenorphine are no longer enough to give them the escape they are seeking.
If someone with an opioid addiction begins a buprenorphine treatment program through medication-assisted treatment and they follow the prescription precisely, there is minimal risk of forming a dependency on buprenorphine. Even when abusing buprenorphine, the side effects of opioid addiction will be less than if they are abusing a full agonist opioid, such as Methadone. Some of the side effects you may feel include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble concentrating
Despite the low risk of dependency, buprenorphine is still one of the top choices for medication-assisted treatment programs and has a high success rate when combined with behavioral therapy.
How Is Buprenorphine Useful in Treating Opioid Addiction?
The Federal Drug Administration has approved several drugs for reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that can ease painful withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine attaches itself to the mu-opioid and kappa receptors in your brain that are responsible for the pleasurable effects that opioids can produce. It will block other opioids like morphine and heroin from creating an intense high and allow you to reduce your cravings and need for the drug over time. Buprenorphine treatment is one of the most successful partial agonists due to:
- Low abuse rate
- Lower levels of psychological dependence
- Higher dosages do not increase euphoric feelings
A buprenorphine MAT program will closely monitor buprenorphine intake to ensure patients are not attempting to abuse the drug. If this happens, because buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its limiting effect will prevent the fatal respiratory depression common in overdoses.
Choose Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery for Buprenorphine and Behavioral Therapy
At Colorado Medication Assisted Recovery, our medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction uses buprenorphine along with other FDA-approved drugs like naltrexone, which blocks the pleasurable effects of opioids and alcohol. The combination of these drugs will give you the best chances for success in your addiction recovery.
During your initial evaluation, our medical staff and behavioral therapists will determine the best course of treatment based on your individual needs. Alongside your buprenorphine treatment, you will participate in behavioral therapy that will help you find the root cause behind your addiction. Behavioral therapy programs may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group and individual therapy
- Family counseling
We believe in a whole-person approach to your recovery. As you progress, we will continue to update your buprenorphine treatment program as you start forming positive coping skills instead of reaching for your substance of choice. If you or someone you know is thinking about buprenorphine to help with their opioid addiction, call 833.448.0127 today to speak with one of our supportive therapists about the risk of buprenorphine dependency and how this medication can benefit your opioid addiction recovery.