Sublocade®: Changing Opioid Addiction Treatment

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In the ongoing battle against opioid addiction, Sublocade emerges as a groundbreaking treatment option, offering hope and a path to recovery for many. This blog post delves into what Sublocade is, how it functions in treating opioid addiction, and the advantages it brings to the recovery process.

What is Sublocade?

Sublocade is an FDA-approved, extended-release formulation of buprenorphine designed for the treatment of moderate to severe opioid use disorder. Administered as a monthly subcutaneous injection, Sublocade provides a steady release of buprenorphine, eliminating the need for daily medication and ensuring consistent therapeutic levels in the body.

How Does Sublocade Work?

Sublocade works by delivering buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, directly into the body at a controlled rate. Buprenorphine binds to the same receptors in the brain as other opioids but without producing a euphoric effect “high,” effectively reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This action helps to stabilize patients, allowing them to focus on recovery and rehabilitation without the daily burden of opioid use.

Benefits of Sublocade Treatment:

  • Consistent Medication Levels: The monthly injection ensures that patients have a constant level of medication, without the highs and lows of the transmucosal buprenorphine, reducing the risk of relapse associated with missed doses.
  • Reduces the Risk of Diversion: Since a healthcare provider administers Sublocade, medication misuse or diversion is lower.
  • Improves Compliance: The once-a-month dosing schedule increases treatment compliance, a critical factor in long-term recovery success.
  • Focus on Recovery: With the physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms managed, patients can concentrate on counseling, therapy, and rebuilding their lives.

Treatment with Sublocade: What to Expect

Initiating Sublocade treatment requires patients to be already stabilized on a transmucosal buprenorphine-containing product. Healthcare professionals carefully manage the transition to Sublocade to ensure efficacy and safety. The injection is given monthly in healthcare, where patients are monitored for adverse reactions. The duration of treatment with Sublocade varies based on individual recovery progress and needs.

We Are Here To Help

Sublocade represents a significant advancement in the treatment of opioid addiction, offering a new level of freedom and stability for those in recovery. By providing a consistent and controlled release of medication, Sublocade addresses one of the critical challenges in addiction treatment—maintaining medication compliance. At SaVida Health, we embrace innovative treatments like Sublocade as part of our comprehensive approach to addiction care, supporting our patients on their journey to recovery and a healthier, drug-free life.

If you or someone you love is looking for recovery help, please visit our locations page and a Savida Health office today.

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