Buprenorphine Treatment in South Florida | Southcoast Psychiatric

Buprenorphine is a federally approved medication for the treatment of opioid addiction. When prescribed by a medical professional, this medication is effective in helping individuals wean off their addictive opioid medications and/or illegal opioid substances. Here at SouthCoast Psychiatric Services, we offer buprenorphine treatment specifically as a part of our addiction services. This way, individuals struggling with opioid dependence can get the help they need to recover from addiction and gain healing.

What is Buprenorphine?

Buprenorphine is a federally approved and regulated drug that is the active ingredient in medications like Suboxone. Essentially, it works to help opioid-dependent individuals with cravings and preventing relapse. Basically, buprenorphine is a partial opioid antagonist. So, it attaches to the same opioid receptors that activate during illicit opioid use. This activates the receptors, but because buprenorphine is only a partial antagonist, it doesn’t bring about the same effects as a full antagonist (like methadone).

This results in patients experiencing fewer cravings during the detox and treatment process. And, doesn’t allow the patient to experience any of the effects of opioid use (like getting high) as methadone patients may experience. Finally, using buprenorphine during opioid addiction treatment can allow for less severe withdrawal. As withdrawal is one of the main concerns during treatment as it can lead to relapse, this is the most important benefit of buprenorphine treatment.

Benefits of Using Buprenorphine VS. Methadone

Buprenorphine Treatment in South Florida | Southcoast PsychiatricBecause buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid that is only a partial antagonist, there are fewer risks with using this drug as a medical treatment for opioid dependence. Some of these benefits include:

  • Lower risk of dependence
  • Fewer or no euphoric (intoxicating) symptoms
  • A “ceiling” of effects associated with opioid use
  • Reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms

When dosing properly, individuals who utilize buprenorphine during opioid dependence treatment may experience benefits including:

  • Less severe opioid withdrawal can include symptoms like anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramping, cold sweats, and more.
  • A reduction in opioid cravings.
  • Reduction in the risk of using opioid drugs illicitly.
  • Stops the effects of other opioids if in use.
  • Increasing the chances that patients stay in treatment after detoxing
  • A reduction in the chance for relapsing and overdose-related issues

Buprenorphine Treatment Process at SouthCoast Psychiatric Services

Before going about this type of treatment, we make sure that our patients qualify for this medication and treatment. So, we put provisions into place to make sure that treatment is working. And, that it’s the best option for each of our patients. These provisions include:

Assessment: This initial assessment will occur first before any treatment is decided upon. This will consist of a medical and psychological history overview. And, will help to determine if buprenorphine treatment is the best solution for you.

Medication Management: If during the assessment, it is determined that buprenorphine treatment may help you, we will manage the medication for you. And, monitor how it’s working in order to increase effectiveness and ensure safety.

Counseling: Throughout buprenorphine treatment, individuals should receive more than medication to help manage withdrawal symptoms. So, patients at SouthCoast Psychiatric Services who received buprenorphine treatment are welcome to continue treatment with various counseling sessions and addiction therapy opportunities. This provides individuals living with opioid dependence education and practice of skills needed to practice sobriety. And, instill healthy thought patterns to reduce the risk of relapse once treatment concludes.

Get Buprenorphine Treatment in South Florida

Here at South Coast Psychiatric Services, we offer outpatient medically assisted treatment, including the use of buprenorphine, for individuals living with opioid dependence. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid dependence, the specialties and dedicated staff at SouthCoast Psychiatric Services can help. Contact us right from our website to learn more.