It’s no surprise that America is currently experiencing a drug epidemic. With prescription drugs circulating so frequently while other street drugs are gaining popularity, overdoses are at an all-time high. The government has begun to take notice of the severity of the issue. In response, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sublocade.
What is Sublocade?
Sublocade is the first medication-assisted treatment for moderate to severe cases of opioid use. It’s a once-monthly injection of buprenorphine. Patients who are successful on a stable dose of buprenorphine for at least seven days can use the injection. It’s a drug-device combination medication that uses a pre-filled syringe for use. Before Sublocade, this medication was only available as a tablet, film for the mouth, or implant. This approval provides facilities a new treatment option.
This new option can provide a more stable form of treatment for recovery from opioid addiction. Instead of risking the chance of forgetting to take a daily pill, patients only have an injection once a month. This approval is only one of the many steps taken by the FDA in improving the access of services, prevention, and treatment.
How Does Sublocade Work?
The medication intends to help with an overall treatment program. The medication shouldn’t be the only element in the program. Counseling and other forms of therapy should occur alongside the medication treatment. Trained medical professionals should be the only ones with access.
Buprenorphine at its proper dose can help reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. It can also help diminish the desire to use the drug as well. In fact, it can decrease the high created by the drug, which can make them less desirable.
According to the press release from the FDA, a medical professional injects the medication under the skin. A depot forms, which then breaks down and releases. The medicine was put through two clinical studies to determine efficacy and safety.
Finding Professional Help
If you’re looking for an opioid addiction rehab, Morningside Recovery is here to help. Our Orange County facility is ready to accept clients looking for lasting recovery from addiction and substance abuse. Our nursing staff has the training, education, and passion for helping those suffering. We want to help our clients find lasting recovery and avoid relapse. Our addiction treatment services include the following:
- Detoxification- As you begin to come off your substance of choice, our nursing staff will supervise your progress.
- Residential- Clients can remain on our campus while learning necessary skills for recovery.
- Intensive outpatient- IOP will help clients find recovery at their own pace, with full access to our services.
- Outpatient- Skills are gained to help clients engage in their day-to-day lives.
Some addiction treatments we offer include:
To learn more about Sublocade and how we can help you find recovery, call 855-631-2135. Learn how Morningside Recovery can help you make better choices, every day.