Medication-assisted addiction treatment is not new. People suffering from opioid use disorder have been receiving help from a variety of sources over the past several decades. One drug that has had success in helping patients detox from opiates is called buprenorphine. In 2016, a new form of the drug that is administered through an implant was approved by the FDA.

Using an Implant to Treat Opioid Abuse

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Probuphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. The drug is the first buprenorphine implant to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine will deliver a low-dose of buprenorphine to the patient for a period of six months through an implant under the skin of the upper arm.

Prior to the approval of Probuphine, buprenorphine was only available in either pill form or as a film that is placed inside the mouth until dissolved. These are effective treatments but come with several issues. The first is that the drugs can be stolen, lost, or sold. In fact, diversion is a common problem with buprenorphine.

The benefits of the Probuphine implant are that it is more convenient for both the patient and the healthcare provider. It also provides six months worth of the medication, giving patients who are entering recovery peace of mind.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment?

The FDA is just one of many federal agencies that are involved in fighting this nation’s opiate addiction epidemic. Part of the FDA’s opioid action plan is to provide greater access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Options like buprenorphine and now Probuphine have the goal of reducing the abuse of prescription drugs as well as heroin-related overdoses.

Regular adherence to MAT has been shown to both reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms as well as the desire to use. Experts recommend that patients receiving MAT also receive counseling and other recommended behavioral therapies. Ideal candidates for Probuphine will have already been on a stable low to moderate dose of buprenorphine and be participating in an addiction treatment program.

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Clients who receive MAT should also participate in a comprehensive addiction treatment program.

Getting Addiction Treatment Help for Opioid Abuse

If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate addiction, caring and compassionate help is available. Treating opioid addiction is a complex process that involves medical detox, specialized opiate addiction treatment, and comprehensive planning for aftercare. Our professionals recommend that clients choose a medically-assisted detox for both safety and comfort. You will be provided with 24-hour monitoring and pharmacotherapy to help you through this cleansing period.

Once medical detox is complete, you will transition into the appropriate treatment program to address opioid abuse issues through counseling and behavioral therapies. We also have co-occurring disorders treatment available to treat other mental health conditions.

Opiate addiction may seem hopeless, but The Recovery Village can help addicts and their families begin to rebuild what the drugs have taken away. Contact us now to discuss admissions options with one of our addiction experts.

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