Sublocade Treatment in Fitchburg, MA
Right Choice Health Care is a certified healthcare provider for Sublocade treatment in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. We treat opioid addiction with MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) methods. Opioid addiction with MAT is often recommended to help with long-term management.
What is MAT?
Medication-assisted treatment (also referred to as MAT) is the use of anti-craving medicine such as naltrexone (Vivitrol), buprenorphine (Suboxone) or methadone — along with counseling and support — to help address issues related to opioid dependence, including withdrawal, cravings, and relapse prevention. Evidenced-based treatment approaches like this are often needed to successfully overcome addiction and maintain long-term recovery
Different medicines are used in MAT to address opioid addiction. Buprenorphine helps the brain get used to functioning without illicit opioids. At prescribed doses, is designed to have a weaker effect on the brain compared to illicit opioids and not cause a ‘high’. Buprenorphine can help reduce cravings while blocking the effects of other opioids. This can make other opioids less appealing.
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What is Sublocade®?
SUBLOCADE® (buprenorphine extended-release) injection is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe addiction to opioid drugs (prescription or illegal) who have received an oral transmucosal (used under the tongue or inside the cheek) buprenorphine-containing medicine at a dose that controls withdrawal symptoms for at least 7 days. Sublocade is an extended-release dose of buprenorphine that is injected once per month by a treatment provider. Once inside the body, it turns to a solid gel called a depot. The depot gradually releases buprenorphine at a controlled rate all month. Sublocade is used to treat opioid addiction. It is not for use as a pain medication. It is part of a complete treatment plan that should include counseling. The role of counseling is to help patients manage emotions and behaviors that can be linked to opioid addiction.
Opioid Addiction Treatment Fitchburg MA
We provide opioid addiction treatment with Sublocade in our Fitchburg MA clinic. There are many people who have used drugs or prescription painkillers and need help for addiction treatment. This is where you can not only detox with medical supervision but also get medication-assisted treatments, such as suboxone or Sublocade.
Using Sublocade™ in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Sublocade treatment in Fitchburg MA can be used as opioid replacement therapy to reduce the cravings for opioids and decrease, or eliminate, withdrawal symptoms that may otherwise be experienced. Sublocade™ also inhibits other opioids and makes it harder to get high from opioids such as heroin or fentanyl.
Sublocade™ use is strictly controlled and it can only be given by a health care professional. Unlike other types of treatment, such as methadone treatment, Sublocade™ can be given in a physician’s office without requiring a high level of monitoring. Typically, Sublocade™ is started after a week of an oral form of buprenorphine for those whose physician believes it will benefit.
If you or someone you love is using illicit drugs or prescription painkillers, you’ll need help for addiction treatment at a clinic where you can not only detox with medical supervision but also get treatment medications such as Sublocade to help with withdrawal symptoms.
Sublocade Outpatient Clinic Fitchburg MA
You can find different types of treatment in our outpatient treatment program. When you look at the treatment options and which is best for you, consider several factors; what type of substance is being misused, how long use has been occurring, if there are other co-existing substance issues or mental health problems, and if treatment has been tried before. Many times, inpatient or residential treatment is recommended.
At Right Choice, we specialize in addiction treatment with Sublocade for Fitchburg, MA residents. We are focused on treating drug and alcohol abuse disorders with care and compassion. Our experienced treatment staff can help you or your loved one get the care they need to overcome addiction for good.
If you are ready to seek help for a drug or alcohol use disorder, our Fitchburg staff is here to support you. We can handle your treatment in a caring manner and help you get well and on the road back to living life fully.
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What to Expect with Sublocade Treatment
Sublocade treatment therapy in our Fitchburg MA clinic is common, however, Sublocade is not for everyone. Sublocade continuously releases the medicine buprenorphine all month at sustained levels, with no real daily ups and downs. But before starting a Sublocade program, your doctor must determine if Sublocade is right for you.
Sublocade is a two-phase process. In phase 1, you’ll need to take a daily transmucosal form of buprenorphine (under the tongue or inside the cheek) for at least 7 days to help control withdrawal symptoms. Make sure your follow-up appointment is scheduled.
Phase 2 is the Administration of Sublocade, a once per month injection dose. Sublocade will be administered by a treatment provider after you complete phase 1 induction.
- Your treatment provider will start with 300 mg to help the medication reach an effective level in your body.
- After 2 months, you may receive a lower dose of 100 mg.
- The injection is given just under the skin (subcutaneous) in your abdomen
- You may feel or see a small bump
- A small bump under your skin at the injection site for several weeks is normal. The bump is called a depot, which releases medicine throughout the month. Over time, as the medication is released into your body, the bump will get smaller
- Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or perform any other dangerous activities until you know how Sublocade affects you. Buprenorphine can cause drowsiness and slow reaction times. This may happen more often in the first few days after your injection and when your dose is changed.
- Do not drink alcohol during treatment with Sublocade, as this can lead to slowed breathing, drowsiness, slow reaction time, loss of consciousness or even death.
Common Side Effects of Sublocane Treatment
- injection site itching
- increase in liver enzymes
- injection site pain
Is Sublocade covered by Medicaid?
Most patients with Medicaid typically pay low or no cost for Sublocade (buprenorphine) if it is a preferred drug treatment by their state health plan. Your health plan and costs are determined by your state Medicaid program.
All States provide coverage for outpatient prescription drugs to eligible enrollees. Medicaid is a US government-run health insurance program that provides medical assistance for low-income individuals and families. It is jointly run by the federal government and individual US states.
MassHealth Medicaid programs may provide coverage for Sublocade but it can vary in the state of Massachusetts. You may need to meet specific criteria or have used other treatments first without success before you are eligible to receive Sublocade.