[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1824″ img_size=”1000×400″][vc_column_text]Buprenorphine is one of the three medications most often used to treat drug addiction as part of medicated therapy. While this medication was once used only as a sublingual tablet, it has recently been approved to be used as Apple Valley Buprenorphine Implants. When it is used in the form of an implant, it is extremely safe and easy for patients to manage. Patients do not have to worry about missing doses or about taking too much of the drug. In addition, in one initial study, researchers found that patients using the implant rather than the sublingual variety of the drug were more likely to remain abstinent from opioids.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Drug addiction is not the same thing as dependence although many people confuse the two terms. When a person is dependent on an opioid, he or she needs ever-increasing doses of the drug to attain the desired response. However, addiction occurs when the person craves the drug and loses self-control in taking it. Even when the drug causes negative side effects, the individual still wants to take it.[/su_note]

Apple Valley Rehabilitation Recovery Center

Apple Valley buprenorphine implants are excellent options for treating opioid addiction. They are used as part of a multi-step plan that begins with sublingual buprenorphine. Once the patient is stable on a low to moderate dose of the drug, the implants are inserted beneath the skin and are left in for six months. The implants should also be used in conjunction with behavioral or group therapy as well as with high levels of family and friend support for the best results.

Apple Valley patients find that buprenorphine works quite well for dulling their desires for the opioid to which they were addicted. Buprenorphine works in such a way that the brain thinks it is still getting the bad drug while in reality the patient is being weaned from the opioid. Some patients must stay on buprenorphine indefinitely, but each case is unique.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Dr. Matney works with Apple Valley patients at the First Step Recovery Center to determine treatment plans that will create long-term results. The staff at First Step provides a high level of support combined with just the right amounts of compassion and tough love. While buprenorphine implants can cause some unwanted side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness, most patients feel that the implant is a great way to reach drug freedom without having to remember to take a daily medication.[/su_note][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]