Thankfully, a lot of people are doing what they can to contribute to the end of the opioid epidemic. Professionals of different kinds are working on ways to ease the suffering of those who have this addiction. In this case, the FDA has recently taken a major step in trying to help with drug detoxification, but not everyone agrees on its usefulness.
Can Sublocade Help with Drug Detoxification?
The Food and Drug Administration “announced its approval of an injectable form of buprenorphine (brand name: Sublocade), a medication used to treat opiate addiction. Sublocade releases a steady dose of buprenorphine for one month.” However, there is already some debate about the value of something that is given so early in the patient’s treatment. Those who are skeptical claim that, since this is introduced during the period of drug detoxification, the buprenorphine “could jeopardize the recovery process.”
Is this true? It’s hard to say, since it’s a new concept and is without much trial. Though the idea behind the Sublocade is a good one, created with good intentions, it may do more harm than good, according to these critics. Since it’s aimed for the period of recovery that is most difficult and tenuous for patients, it may not be enough to see them through to later steps. Additionally, there would have to be careful screening of patients while using this injection in order to make sure they aren’t using other drugs in conjunction, the result of which could be disastrous.
So, what are the potential benefits? The FDA intends the injection to be used to reduce “cravings and withdrawal symptoms” and would be carried out under the watchful eye of the specific buprenophine prescribers. This new variety – the Sublocade – can allegedly carry out functions that the current state of buprenophine cannot: namely, a steady release of the chemical and a better chance toward “a long-term solution.” It’s something that hasn’t been tried yet, and while there are obviously going to be questions regarding its effectiveness, it’s the potential risks that everyone needs to consider.
Something else that is on the minds of the professionals considering this is the value of therapy during the recovery and drug detoxification process. Whether in individual or group format, it’s key that the patient participate in a back and forth with a counselor and, perhaps, other people in recovery. It’s possible, they say, that the Sublocade can interfere with the effectiveness of the therapy in this volatile period. The fear is that “t could demotivate the patient from engaging in therapy, as there is a month’s worth of supply in the system, relative to receiving a week’s worth of prescription at a time.”
It’s clear that there isn’t a single bottom line surrounding this new development, but it’s certainly worth exploring. If health professionals are able to deliver a smoother process of relief from cravings for those suffering from addiction, it will be a win. However, we have to make sure that it doesn’t come at a cost higher than the reward. For addiction recovery or drug detoxification aid from a professional source, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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