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Sublocade Treatment

Sublocade Treatment: How Does It Work?

At Create Recovery we assist individuals and families in finding and utilizing the best types of treatment to work for them. We are a MAT friendly program that offers outpatient treatment and sober living to men and women seeking recovery from substance abuse. We are proud to offer a wide variety of effective therapies and treatments proven effective in the treatment of substance abuse problems and mental health disorders.

Addiction and The Opioid Epidemic

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2020 there were 81,000 drug overdose deaths that occured in the United States alone.

Addiction is a serious disease affecting over 20 million adults in the U.S. Of those struggling with addiction only 25% report getting help and services. Entering into a treatment center or participating in an outside community 12 step meeting can be extremely effective ways of starting on the path to recovery. But for those who struggle with Opiod addiction and have been through their recovery process before attempting Medication Assisted Treatment alongside the help of other treatment modalities may be the most helpful way to prevent overdoses, preventing relapse and combat the nasty post acute withdrawal symptoms that come from recovering from opioid abuse.

What is Medication Assisted Treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the combination of the use of medications and behavioral therapies to treat substance use addictions. More specefically, MAT programs are most often recommended to those suffering from alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder(OUD). MAT medications used to treat substance abuse are U.S Food and Drug Administration- approved, and are known to be the most effective intervention in treating OUD, compared to behavioral interventions and medication alone. Each MAT medication differs in the way it works to relieve withdrawal symptoms and/or block the euphoric effects of the drugs.

Sublocade is a prescription medication used to help those who are addicted to opioid medications and heroin recover from their addiction. Sublocade is an injection that is given once a month by a physician. It is a slow release of the medication buprenorphine over the course of 30 days. Although there are other medications that can be used for MAT therapy that consist of buprenorphine’ sublocade , removing the habit forming ritual of taking medication everyday.

Sublocade is a schedule III controlled substance. It has a high risk of misuse, therefore doctors who prescribe Sublocade must have special training and be certified by the US government.

Sublocade has been proven effective in treating opiate addiction and heroin addiction , since its inception and FDA approval in November of 2017. A 24 week clinical study followed individuals using Sublocade to treat Opioid use disorder. The results found that 30% of participants did not use opioids again after receiving treatment compared to the group that was given a placebo drug, of which only 2% were able to maintain long term recovery.

Buprenorphine- suppresses and reduces cravings for opioids. This medication also expels existing iopids from the opioid receptors in the brain and blocks other opioids from attaching. Buprenorphine can also prevent withdrawal and associated symptoms for up to 72 hours. Buprenorphine is available as a pill, a film placed in the cheek or under the tongue, as an injection or as an implant.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration medication assisted treatment has proven to be effective in treating the withdrawal symptoms and negative effects of opioid use and reduced the risk of overdose rates in high risk patients. Medication assisted treatment should be used in conjunction with other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and counseling MAT programs utilise an unabridged approach to treating opioid dependence and alcohol addiction. Research has proven that MAT is helpful in assisting patients in long term sobriety. This treatment approach has been known to greatly Improve survival rates of those suffering from drug addiction. It also has the ability to Increase retention to remain in treatment especially for those that have attempted impatient or outpatient rehab stays before.
Mat therapy substantially decreases the risk of relapse of illicit opioid and heroin overdose and use, as well as other health problems caused by addiction Those who utilize MAT programs have reportedIncrease daily functioning and the newfound ability to maintain a normal routine and self care. MAT decreases recovery time in the treatment of opioid withdrawal and physical symptoms for those recovering from opioid use disorders allowing them to return to work, school, and caretaking in a shorter period of time.
MAT has also been shown to Improve live birth outcomes among women who are pregnant and struggling with substance use.

After a study conducted in 2015, following the long term effectiveness of MAT, results showed,

  • 18 months after receiving MAt treatment 50% of participants were still abstinent from

  • After 3-5 years 61% of participants were still sober with fewer than 10% meeting the criteria in the diagnostic statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) for a diagnosis of drug dependence.

How Can Sublocade Treatment Help Me?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a heroin or opioid abuse disorder, it is vital to find a treatment center that offers a wide variety of different modalities and treatments to meet their specific needs. If this is your first time seeking treatment, or if you have been to treatment previously, choosing to participate in a Medication Assisted Treatment program and utilizing medications like Sublocade when seeking recovery from opioid use disorder may help you to meet the desired goals and outcomes you wish to achieve.

At Create Recovery we want to empower individuals in knowing that the most important part of recovery is building a sustainable life that you are proud to be living. Recovery and sobriety are available to you and we want to help.

If you have questions about MAT, sublocade, addiction treatment or mental health services, call our admissions line today to speak with one of our dedicated representatives for more information and resources on how we can help you