Getting help for addiction

Sublocade Program

Call For More Information

Fully Accredited Ontario Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center

Home » How we Help » Sublocade Program

Getting treatment for an opioid addiction or opioid use disorder (OUD) can be challenging, particularly for people with busy lives such as balancing work, childcare, family and other responsibilities.

Why is it essential to treat an Opioid addiction quickly?

Most people don’t have the time to enter inpatient treatment facilities for weeks or months, depending on the nature of the addiction.

Fortunately, there are other treatment options for opioid use disorder.

If you are struggling with opioid addiction, our specialist team can help answer your questions. Contact a team member today.

Sublocade provides a flexible treatment plan.

Treatments such as medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT) can provide you the stability and flexibility to remain present with your daily responsibilities while getting the help you need.

Treatment with Sublocade

Sublocade is a medication that allows people to continue their lives while receiving the appropriate opioid addiction treatment.

While it is a very effective treatment for opioid addiction and opioid use disorder, not everyone has heard of Sublocade, and those who have, may not completely understand what it is or how it works.

What is Sublocade?

Sublocade is a controlled substance that contains the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine.

The medication’s effectiveness is partly due to the binding of specific receptors called mu-receptors in the brain that prevent the same” high” from occurring.

The result is less temptation to take opioid drugs like fentanyl or heroin, and a much less pleasurable effect should relapse occur.

Sublocade’s job is to prevent opioid withdrawal and eliminate (or prevent) drug cravings.

In addition, Sublocade treatment is effective for various opioid addictions, including moderate to severe opioid use disorder.

How does Sublocade support people in addiction recovery?

Sublocade is a combination treatment, meaning it doesn’t get used alone to manage an individual’s recovery.

When used as part of a complete treatment plan (in combination with other treatments and approaches), Sublocade treatment is most effective.

Sublocade may be used in conjunction with other addiction treatments and therapies, including the following:

How is Sublocade administered?

Sublocade is administered through a monthly injection. 

The medication (buprenorphine) is an extended release that gradually discharges into your bloodstream and crosses the blood-brain barrier, which then binds to the relevant receptors.

Only physicians trained in facilitating and dispensing buprenorphine medications for recovery from opiate abuse can administer these injections.

Sublocade Injection

When used as a combination treatment to combat opioid abuse, the Sublocade once-monthly injection will help minimise withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.

Because Sublocade acts as an alternative to the opioid a person once used, this treatment can help to minimise the intense cravings and other unpleasant symptoms during opioid withdrawal.

In addition, Sublocade also reduces the potential for relapse while allowing for a more flexible and convenient addiction recovery management program.

Reduced withdrawal symptoms

Sublocade helps to reduce the severity and intensity of withdrawal symptoms you may experience when going through opiate addiction and opiate withdrawal.

Opioid use disorder statistics

The opioid crisis, particularly in countries like the United States and Canada, has grown increasingly.

A 2019 study showed that around 10.1 million people misused or abused opioid drugs. Opioid addictions wreak havoc on a person’s life – causing them to lose friends, family members and their jobs.

All this says nothing about what opioid abuse does to a person’s physical and mental health.

Opioid addiction is one of the leading causes of drug-related deaths – research shows that in the United States alone, over 50,000 people died due to opioid abuse in 2019.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, you must know the signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal to get the help and treatment you need.

Let’s take a look at some of these symptoms.

Symptoms of opioid withdrawal

Common symptoms of opioid withdrawal can range from mild to moderate to the extreme end of the spectrum.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Muscle cramps and body aches
  • Restlessness

Substance use disorder

Many symptoms associated with opioid use disorder can cause people to take a substantial amount of time off work or school or be admitted to the hospital if the symptoms are particularly debilitating.

When combined with the responsibilities of raising children, maintaining a full-time job, taking care of elderly relatives and keeping up with work or school projects, burnout and exhaustion can make substances like opioids seem more attractive.

To manage difficult symptoms or daily pressures, a person might start engaging in substance use again. 

Studies show that many people engage in opioid abuse to feel normal and not necessarily to get high.

Most people with opioid use disorders (or any other addiction) intend to abstain from opioid abuse. Still, the pain associated with their symptoms pulverises them until they give in.

All this leads to relapse, where people start the opiate abuse cycle again to alleviate whatever discomfort they are experiencing.

The advantages of taking Sublocade: a flexible administration schedule

The benefits of taking Sublocade to abstain from opioid abuse are limitless. For instance, taking Sublocade to combat opioid dependence gives you access to a more convenient, flexible addiction management schedule.

Sublocade programs allow you the freedom to return to your daily life much more quickly than many other addiction programs.

What does all this mean for you?

Sublocade programs mean there is no need to spend weeks or months away from your loved ones or job to get better.

Sublocade allows people to continue functioning while being treated for opioid addiction.

Additional benefits of Sublocade include the following:

  • Reduces cravings during opioid withdrawal
  • Reduces the likelihood of relapse
  • Minimises the withdrawal symptoms during opioid withdrawal
  • Reduces mortality rates among users (by helping to prevent relapse)
  • Allows people in recovery to engage in cognitive therapies and other treatments

Treating opioid addiction

Sublocade allows those in addiction recovery to spend more time in the” real” world and less time in medical facilities.

In addition, Sublocade programs help those struggling with opioid use disorders to adjust to a new, healthier way of living without being held back by their opiate addiction.

Additional benefits of Sublocade treatment

For people recovering from opioid misuse disorders, Sublocade helps them to comfortably and safely take care of their homes, families, and careers without having to cram in numerous medical visits every week to manage their addiction symptoms.

Sublocade instils positive belief systems for those seeking effective addiction treatment options.

Here’s what we mean by this.

The benefits of medication-assisted addiction programs cultivate the idea that people can live healthy, fulfilling lives while receiving addiction treatment.

People who use Sublocade manage to live every day, opioid-free lives, not just because they are being “sold” on the concept of an opioid-free life, but because they do so every day.

The results of Sublocade are evident, even as a person goes through treatment!

One of the advantages of Sublocade treatment is that it allows you to continue functioning as you ordinarily would, meaning that treatment is more flexible and seamless than other programs such as 30 or 90-day inpatient addiction programs.

With Sublocade, you do not have to uproot your entire life to engage in addiction treatment; you can successfully get treated while you resume everyday life.

Who is suitable for Sublocade?

Sublocade is an effective treatment for anyone addicted to opiates (drugs originating from the opium poppy) and synthetic opioids (artificial drugs).

Some of the substances that Sublocade treats include:

  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • Fentanyl
  • OxyContin
  • Heroin
  • Morphine

Opioid crisis

Unfortunately, opiates and opioids are recognised as being the most addictive drugs available on the black market. 

However, research suggests that most people who abuse opioids begin taking them for legitimate prescription medicinal purposes.

Like most addictive substances, when an individual takes opioids for weeks or months, it often takes more of the drug to get the desired effect.

Over time, the person gradually builds a tolerance to opioids as they become more engaged in chasing the same high or euphoria experienced at the beginning. 

Unfortunately, all this requires a person to take more of the drug to feel the way they did last week or the week before.

Should this destructive cycle continue, the person becomes more at risk of developing opioid dependence and may require more of the same drug to get the euphoria they crave.

How does someone get a prescription for Sublocade?

A general healthcare provider will not prescribe Sublocade as they are not addiction specialists.

Healthcare provider referral

If you think you may benefit from Sublocade treatment, you will need to enrol in other addiction treatment programs that include Sublocade medication as part of a complete treatment plan.

Hence the term” medication-assisted treatment”.

Enlisting in a long-term treatment program (or detox program) can help you safely abstain from opioids and opiates.

When speaking to potential treatment centres, it might help if you ask about suitable medication options.

How Centres for Health and Healing can help

Opioid addictions do not have to be a way of life – no matter how tough things may seem, there is always a way to turn things around.

It is possible to create a happy, healthy, substance-free life, and with proper treatment and support, we can guide you through this process safely and compassionately.

We specialise in treating opioid use disorder and other addictions at Centres for Health and Healing.

Our multidisciplinary team provides a dual-diagnostic approach to recovery, meaning we treat the “whole” person and not just their symptoms.

If you want to hear more about our Sublocade treatment options, please get in touch with a team member today who will be happy to help.

Rehab services you can trust

Call now
Ready to get help?
Call for treatment options
Need financing?
Payment plans available