Suboxone Treatment Intensity Options

There are different levels of intensity of buprenorphine treatment. Depending on the patient’s needs, comorbidity and severity of addiction, appropriate treatment can vary. These addiction treatment options range from hospitalization to residential treatment to intensive outpatient treatment or monthly maintenance treatment.  In fact, it's important to remember that different kinds of treatment will work best at different stages of recovery, and it may not be linear.  Patients who relapse might find that it's better to go back to a more intensive option before they work their way back down to less intensive alternatives.

The chart to the left lays out graphically how you might think about different alternative treatment methods.

Hospitalization can occur when patients are in a crisis situation. This can be necessary when their lives are in immediate danger due to withdrawal or life-threatening health issues and behaviors related to their addiction. Hospitalization is appropriate when a patient’s health is in danger or an overdose has occurred.

Residential treatment is when the patient lives in a facility specifically set up to treat substance use disorders. This type of facility is usually staffed by professionals able to closely monitor and direct the patient’s course of treatment. A patient’s stay can vary from 28 days to 6 months with many factors determining the length of stay.

Partial hospitalization usually occurs when a patient has been released from residential treatment. The patient will go to the facility every day yet live at home allowing them to get the benefit from the residential treatment program but allow them to go home to their family at the end of each day.

A halfway house is another option for many patients just being discharged from residential treatment. The patient will live in a designated house with other people with substance use disorders. This more slowly integrates a patient back into the community while helping them learn habits to maintain their sobriety.

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) allows the patient to work, take care of their family and live at home while still getting a significant amount of treatment. A patient usually receives 10 to 12 hours a week of treatment and receive group and individual treatment.  Patients are typically provided with a week or shorter Suboxone prescription from the IOP doctor.

Lastly, monthly maintenance treatment is the least restrictive level of treatment. Patients will go to see their Suboxone doctor for monthly check-ups while participating in counseling either at the office or on their own. This is appropriate for the most stable of patients.

MATClinics provide monthly maintenance treatment programs, specializing in Suboxone and other buprenorphine-based medications.  We focus on treating those who are at a stage in their recovery where they can handle the flexibility and lesser supervision inherent in this kind of treatment.   MATClinics providers will provide an initial assessment and help patients uncover the best treatment options for them.

If you or a loved one needs help, please contact us or give us a call at (410) 220.0720.