Medication Assisted Treatment Done Right

Medication Assisted Treatment Done Right

Sublocade Treatment

In Orange County

What is Sublocade?

Sublocade is a drug primarily used as a medication-assisted treatment option that is given to patients participating in drug addiction treatment programs. This method has proven to be an excellent alternative to other comprehensive addiction treatment program processes and procedures. It is beginning to be seen more and more in the Southern California addiction recovery industry.

The typical drug detox treatment plan where addiction specialists or doctors choose to implement Sublocade is for individuals struggling with opioid addiction. Sublocade works by helping to hinder the often intense cravings, along with the opiate withdrawal symptoms that are experienced when someone chooses to stop taking the drugs suddenly.

Opioids Are Commonly Abused

In 2015 in the United States, The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reported that there were nearly three million people who have battled a form of opioid addiction at some point in their lives. With statistics indicating numbers like that, it is not very difficult to understand why the United States is considered to be in the middle of an opioid epidemic. A couple of other eye-opening statistics include:


Approximately 60 percent of 2015’s record-high overdose deaths involved opioids.


The United States was responsible for roughly 80 percent of the 300 million opioid pain medication prescriptions written around the world in 2015.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that close to 91 people die from an opioid overdose every day in the United States alone.

Some common examples of these addictive, habit-forming pain-relieving drugs seen throughout Orange County, CA, that Sublocade is a credible and reliable treatment option for can include:

  • Morphine
  • Oxycontin
  • Oxycodone
  • Percocet
  • Hydromorphone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Vicodin
  • Tramadol
  • Opium
  • Codeine

There is also the same potential risks and dangers when various illegal drugs are abused. These illegal substances such as heroin and others are consistently seen that when being abused, it can quickly become the primary cause of the user sometimes without warning, finding themselves suffering from the symptoms of long-term opioid addiction.

Why Are Newer Medication Options Necessary?

First and foremost, drug and alcohol addictions are capable of affecting each person in different ways. There are a good variety of different co-occurring issues and contributing factors that would determine the specialized treatment plans individually designed for each patient. Because of this, the treatment methods must be equal in personalization and complexity.

There is a significant number of people who struggle every day with chronic relapse, where the probability of relapse is considered to be a consistent threat for many others. More often than not, in these situations, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and the administering of Sublocade has shown to be an excellent resource and valuable tool.

We have seen how it is fundamental to keeping patients dedicated to their treatment with a determination to complete the program successfully. Most importantly, this method of opioid addiction treatment ensures that the patient will receive the appropriate treatment that they need specifically.

Because Sublocade acts as an extended-release and long-lasting opioid treatment solution, the use of different evidence-based medications such as Sublocade can directly address any concerns that there may be regarding the difficulty and discomforting experiences rumored to be associated with addiction recovery programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sublocade is a once-monthly injection containing buprenorphine. It is reserved for moderate to severe opioid use addictions in people who have already tried other buprenorphine medications. Because it’s only taken once a month, it allows patients to focus on their recovery without thinking about redosing.

No. Suboxone also contains naloxone and is used once daily. Sublocade only has extended-release buprenorphine. The two serve a similar purpose and steer people away from problematic habits and drugs.

Because the buprenorphine enters the bloodstream in a slow, steady way, the user doesn’t really get “high.” It helps those addicted to opioids in a psychological way by ridding of the daily thought of dosing. The user can still become chemically dependent, though, so it’s users will have to go through a detox period if they quit using opioid medications altogether after the Sublocade wears off.

Sublocade is a subcutaneous injection. This means that it is placed right under the skin near the fatty tissue of the abdominals. WARNING: Sublocade injections should be done by a medical professional. Serious harm can be done with intravenous or intramuscular injections.

Yes. Do not take benzodiazepines or drink alcohol while on Sublocade treatment. Other depressants can cause life-threatening reactions as well. Make sure you talk to your doctor about any prescription, over the counter, or natural medications you plan on taking during Sublocade treatment.

If considering Sublocade, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any:
Medications or supplements you take
Breathing and lung issues
Prostate problems or difficulty urinating
Brain and head injuries/problems
Liver, gallbladder, or adrenal gland issues
Addison’s disease
History of alcohol abuse
Mental disorders or problems
Pregnancy or plans to become pregnant
Plans to breastfeed




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