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how does buprenorphine treatment work

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Asked: 2019-11-16 08:43:28

I'm a mom with two teenage sons. My brother recently overdosed on heroin and now is going through detox and rehab. I really hope he can be successful with his buprenorphine treatment, but I'm a bit confused how this works. Will he still feel high? I want to explain this to my sons in case they have questions.


Answered: 2019-11-18 00:41:23

I don't think buprenorphine treatment will help much. I fail to see how giving your brother another medication that he could get addicted to works.


Answered: 2019-11-16 12:11:16

No, your brother will not still feel high because that's not what buprenorphine does. Instead buprenorphine blocks heroin and other opiates from reaching their full effects. That means he hopefully won't experience as severe withdrawal symptoms as he would if he was just trying to quit cold turkey.


Answered: 2019-11-17 16:25:55

Buprenorphine treatment will block the effects of stronger opiates like heroin. This means your brother will not have such strong withdrawal symptoms and he won't experience the same high as he did before. I hope that helps you!


Answered: 2019-11-16 18:56:14

I'm sorry to hear about your brother's struggles - that's not an easy thing for a family to go through. It's good you're trying to prepare to explain this to your kids as well. Patients who are taking buprenorphine don't feel high because this medication blocks the other opiates. So while your brother is recovering and he's on buprenorphine, he won't feel the same intense withdrawal feelings as he would otherwise. I hope this process is a successful one for him.


Answered: 2019-11-17 04:03:10

When recovering addicts are given buprenorphine, they don't get high as this medication blocks the effects of the opiates. I think it's a good idea for your brother to be on buprenorphine treatment as it seems to really help a lot of people.

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