Buprenorphine / Naloxone (Suboxone) and Sublocade Treatments for Opioid Dependency
Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It is prescribed in a film or tablet form that is taken daily.
We also offer Sublocade, the new injectable form of Buprenorphine that lasts for 28 days. Patients must be on sublingual Buprenorphine at least one week prior to receiving Sublocade injections.
The goal of usage of either of these medications is to stabilize patients and provide them time to get supports in place and organize their lives. When the patient is ready to transition off of medications, the physician works closely with them to make the transition as smooth as possible.
It is important to understand that medication alone is not appropriate for the treatment of opioid dependency. It is highly recommended that patients also attend individual or group behavioral therapy sessions so that both the physiological AND phycological aspects of addiction can be addressed. This approach reinforces the program's treatment goals and supports lasting recovery.