Sublocade Specialist

Headrick Medical Center

Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in San Juan Capistrano, CA

If you’re entering the maintenance phase of your substance abuse treatment plan, you may benefit from Sublocade™ injections. At Headrick Medical Center, Daniel J. Headrick, MD, and the team offer Sublocade to help you maintain your recovery with an ultimate goal of eventually weaning yourself off of addiction medication. If you are working toward a sober and healthy life, call the San Juan Capistrano, California, office or schedule a consultation online today to find out if Sublocade is right for you.

Sublocade Q & A

What is Sublocade?

Sublocade is an injectable form of extended-release buprenorphine. Your provider at Headrick Medical Center injects the medication once a month.

Over the next 30 days, the medicine slowly releases into your body to reduce your urges to use opioids and your withdrawal symptoms. 

Sublocade is most effective when used after your initial addiction treatment, and you have entered the maintenance phase of recovery. 

If you are already taking an oral buprenorphine medication that controls your withdrawal symptoms and urges for seven days, talk to your provider about Sublocade.

How does Sublocade work?

Sublocade is a partial opiate agonist, which means that it blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. It reduces your cravings for opioids, withdrawal symptoms, and the rewarding effects of opioid use. 

Each month, your provider at Headrick Medical Center gives you the injection. While it regulates and diminishes the physical aspects of your substance abuse disorder, you can focus your energy on counseling, group sessions, and other therapies.

 to help you resolve the underlying issues that contribute to your addiction. You also learn strategies to lead and maintain a healthy, fulfilling, addiction-free life. 

What should I expect from Sublocade treatment?

Sublocade is just one part of your addiction treatment plan. You have an appointment at Headrick Medical Center every month for your provider to make the injection. 

It can cause a few side effects such as constipation, fatigue, and itching or tenderness around the injection site, but most patients return to their regular activities immediately. 

If your provider recommends Sublocade, you also attend individual and group counseling sessions. Sublocade helps your brain heal and provides the clarity of thought needed to make the most of your counseling sessions. 

What are the benefits of Sublocade?

A Sublocade injection slowly releases a controlled amount of the medication into your body for a month. You don’t have to remember to take a pill, but you’ll still have all of the physical and mental benefits. 

The injections significantly reduce the risk of misusing the medications and is proven to be an effective part of an opioid-addiction treatment plan.

If you’re in the process of addiction treatment and want to know if Sublocade is right for you, call Headrick Medical Center, or schedule a consultation online today.