Buprenorphine / Naloxone Treatment for Opiate Dependency
Buprenorphine is a partial opioid receptor blocker used to treat opioid dependency and is prescribed in a film or tablet form taken orally or sublingually (under the tongue). Its primary use is to stabilize patients to provide time for them to get supports in place and organize their lives. Once stabilized, the goal is to eventually transition patients off of Buprenorphine. When the patient is ready for transition, the physician and patient work closely to make the transition as comfortable as possible.
It is important to understand that Buprenorphine alone is not appropriate for the treatment of opioid dependency, and it is essential that the patient attend individual or group therapy sessions to reinforce the program's treatment goals and to support lasting recovery from opiates.