Opiate Detoxification with Buprenorphine (Subutex) or Methadone

Methadone and buprenorphine (Subutex) are used as substitution therapy in opioid dependence. A withdrawal regimen after stabilisation with methadone or buprenorphine should be attempted only after careful consideration. Enforced withdrawal is ineffective for sustained abstinence, and it increases the risk of patients relapsing and subsequently overdosing due to loss of tolerance. Complete withdrawal from opioids usually takes between 4 and  12 weeks in a community setting.

A new buprenorphine prolonged-release injection (Buvidal) administered under the skin, either once a week or once a month, is available to our patients. No need for daily or weekly pick up from chemist, nor supervised consumption!

Learn more about Buvidal injection.

Our approach to reduction and detox

  • We monitor your progress and have a flexible and practical approach to your treatment plan.

  • We do not set time limits unless you would like us to.

  • We will advise you of what is your best option for achieving abstinence.

  • We do not discharge or exclude people for not succeeding, it is rarely the ‘end of the world’. It just means reassessing and trying again, being wiser for the experience.

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