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How is Probuphine Beneficial for Drug & Alcohol Treatment?

A Better Today Recovery Services wants you to succeed in your recovery. We want to give you the best opportunity at overcoming your drug and alcohol addiction. ABTRS can connect you with cutting-edge treatment options to increase your chance at finally ending your struggle to satisfy your addiction. At effective treatment centers, medical physicians have researched the use of probuphine for administering buprenorphine for reducing opiate cravings and relapse prevention.

Probuphine is a new FDA approved long-acting subdermal implant that administers the medication buprenorphine for a continuous period of up to 6 months. It is a great advancement in substance abuse treatment that encourages long-lasting recovery.

The probuphine implant consists of four small implants that are placed under the skin of the inside of your upper arm. The procedure is simple, taking about only 5 minutes and needing no sutures.

Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist medication that is commonly used to treat those addicted to prescription and illegal opioids. This medication is long acting in the body and aids by drastically reducing opioid cravings and withdrawals, without producing euphoria or a high. Those who have received this treatment have responded positively to the buprenorphine implant known as probuphine.

Watch this video on utilizing medication during treatment to help make the best decision possible for your future in recovery. Probuphine and other substance abuse medications have advantages that could increase your success rate of remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol.

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82.1% of probuphine patients did not need to take any additional buprenorphine over a 6-month study.

What are the Advantages of a Probuphine (Buprenorphine) Implant?

Probuphine has been called a game-changer due to the benefits in substance abuse treatment and the success rate with the recovery community. This substance abuse medication disrupts the effects of other opioids at a steady dose for up to 6 months, relieving the worry of missing your daily dose of medication.

Unlike methadone, probuphine can out your mind at ease by ensuring that the medication is taken properly and as prescribed to reduce relapse. The advantages of receiving a Buprenorphine implant are that withdrawal symptoms and cravings are drastically reduced. In fact, it is said that 82.1% of Probuphine patients did not need to take any additional doses of buprenorphine over a 6-month study.

This means that the implant is sufficient in treating cravings and withdrawals. Patients do not experience euphoria if they relapse when utilizing this medication in their individualized treatment plans. Utilizing probuphine, during your treatment reduces the temptation to abuse and/or share medication. Buprenorphine, along with counseling and therapy, is a whole-person approach to treat opioid dependency. Withdrawal from this medication is not as intense as it is with other opioid medication treatments.

How Does Medication During Treatment Improve Success Rates?

Medication has been used in substance abuse treatment since 1986, and it has been proven to drastically increase success sustained abstinence rates from drug and alcohol abuse. Introducing medication to your treatment plan can double, triple or even quadruple your chances for success at long-lasting recovery. Medication should be used in conjunction with a recovery program, counseling, and therapy.

Many high-quality treatment centers provide medications that help people overcome their dependence on drugs or alcohol. All considerations are taken into account when selecting the best medication that is suited for your unique needs and history. Medications most commonly used for the treatment of opioid dependence are Buprenorphine (tablets, strips or implant), methadone, or naltrexone.

Naltrexone can also be a helpful aid in blocking the effects of alcohol. These medications can help save your life. Preventing you from going through cravings, struggles to relapse, and withdrawal. Medications such as buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone can help prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

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Drug & Alcohol Addiction Medications: Buprenorphine vs Methadone

Methadone is similar to heroin, but is a full agonist, compared to buprenorphine which is a partial agonist. To go into detail, methadone continues to affect the receptors in the brain until they are all activated. This produces euphoria when the receptors are flooded with opiate-like substances.

Buprenorphine only activates a small portion, while at the same time, disabling the effects of other opiates. Like all opioids, buprenorphine can cause depression of the respiratory system and cause other side effects, but they are considerably less than the side effects of full agonist medications.

Methadone has no ceiling effect, and therefore can produce feelings of euphoria and of being high. Methadone is more suited for those who have a high opioid tolerance. Buprenorphine is less likely to affect your breathing rate so there is a lower chance of overdose compared to methadone.

Patients can become dependent and experience withdrawal on both medications, but buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms are a little less severe and have a shorter tapering duration (4-8 weeks), compared to methadone which has a considerably longer and prolonged tapering duration (6-24 months).

What are the Side Effects Associated with Probuphine?

Like most medications, there are some risks that are associated with a probuphine implant. Buprenorphine, the medication administered through probuphine, is a partial opioid agonist. If neglected, inserting and removing the implant comes with a risk of infection.

The more common side effects are headache, nausea, toothache, constipation, depression, vomiting, back pain, mouth and throat pain. Some side effects include itching, pain, irritation, redness, swelling, bleeding or bruising at the insertion or removal site. Other side effects include liver problems as well as allergic reactions to the implant itself.

There also can be a decrease in blood pressure, which can make you feel dizzy or faint when you get up from sitting or lying down. You should never try to remove the implant yourself as the risks of infection will increase.

Please consult your medical physician to get a better understanding of probuphine if you have further questions.

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The probuphine implant is a tool to arm yourself for the months to come, and can help you while you are in early recovery. This probuphine implant can help with relapse prevention and keep you from intense cravings and withdrawal. Utilizing this advanced medication can help you or your loved one remain abstinent and focus on making the positive changes in your life that will lead to long-term recovery.

Remember, probuphine is just one component in substance abuse treatment and is no substitute for actively participating and working your recovery program. Probuphine can help you get a head start on your recovery and provide a foundation for long-term success.

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Making These Decisions About Medically-Assisted Treatment Should Come from a Foundation of Knowledge

When considering in investing in drug and alcohol treatment for you or your loved one, getting information that you can trust is important. It is vital to know where your information comes from and whether or not the information that you are learning will help you make life-changing decisions. ABTRS takes pride in providing knowledge from reputable sources that are up-to-date and relevant so when you make the decision to seek treatment for an addiction, you know exactly what will happen and how rehab is life changing. Check out the list below to learn more about where ABTRS got their information for this webpage.

NIDA. (2016, July 19). NIDA editorial supports use of buprenorphine implant for opioid use disorder. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/07/nida-editorial-supports-use-buprenorphine-implant-opioid-use-disorder on 2019, February 13

NIDA. (2016, May 26). FDA approves six month implant for treatment of opioid dependence. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2016/05/fda-approves-six-month-implant-treatment-opioid-dependence on 2019, February 13

NIDA. (2016, November 1). Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/effective-treatments-opioid-addiction-0 on 2019, February 12

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment: Introduction to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 63. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-5063PT1. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018.

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