A New Hope For Recovery From Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine saves lives. In fact, it has been helping people to overcome opioid addiction for nearly two decades. While it is one of the best tools we have, there are problems. The new buprenorphine solves several of the more significant issues.
Problems following directions
As they say in recovery, our own best thinking got us where we are today. In other words, managing your medications may be difficult if you struggle with addiction. Hence, you may find yourself changing the treatment plan in ways that are not in your best interest. Some patients skip days of treatment or they reduce their dosage to make their meds last longer. Other patients make plans to taper off of buprenorphine quickly against medical advice. These alterations in the treatment plan can increase your risk of relapse.
Problems with pharmacies
Unfortunately, not all pharmacists understand the new recovery. What I mean is that they do not have a fundamental understanding of what it means to be addicted and why medical treatment of opioid addiction is so important. While this is understandable, you deserve respect as you embark on this journey of recovery and healing. Not only are you doing nothing wrong in taking medication for opiate addiction, you are doing something incredibly good for yourself. When a pharmacist mistreats you, it can hurt your recovery. While there are issues with both pharmacists and doctors who do not understand addiction, fortunately, many pharmacists and doctors are understanding, caring and compassionate.
Problems with rehab
Have you been in rehab for addiction? As you may be aware, many people go to rehab more than once. In fact, it is not uncommon for some people to repeat rehab a great many times. Finally, there are rehabs that now provide medical treatment with buprenorphine. Unfortunately, these rehabs may not administer the medication in an ideal manner. They may unreasonably restrict the initial dosage. Or, they require daily, observed dosing, like a methadone clinic. Possibly the worst practice at rehab and detox programs is when they insist on a very fast taper off of treatment medication. We now know that buprenorphine works best when patients take it for a longer period of time.
Introducing the new buprenorphine
As you will see, the new buprenorphine solves the problems listed above. This new subcutaneous buprenorphine is a shot. Each month, your doctor gives you an injection. This is all the buprenorphine you will need until the next month. You do not have to go to a pharmacy. There is no issue with you altering your own therapy. Additionally, if you are in rehab, you do not have to worry about overbearing, distrustful administration of meds. You simply get your one shot and you don’t have to worry about it for a whole month.
What is this miraculous new treatment?
As you may have guessed, I am talking about Sublocade. In the short time that it has been available, I have seen it make a positive change in the lives of patients. There is no more daily dosing. No visits to pharmacies. Not only will rehabs give better care when they make this a part of their programs, you may be able to skip the rehab altogether. The new buprenorphine combined with individual therapy and group meetings can work wonders. The new recovery is already working for many people recovering from opiate and opioid addiction.