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Sublocade Injections Available at Center Point DAAC

Updated: Jun 13

There is a new option available for those seeking opioid use disorder recovery -- Sublocade injections. This revolutionary treatment is NO COST for Partnership (Medi-Cal) Health Plan members. Sublocade has been proven to be more effective than Suboxone in reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms and preventing relapse.


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Sublocade is available at no cost to Partnership Health Plan Members

In this article, we will explore the benefits of Sublocade injections and how Center Point DAAC is utilizing this treatment to help those struggling with opioid addiction.

What Are Sublocade Injections?

Sublocade is a prescription medication that contains buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, in an injectable form.

This means that it activates the same receptors in the brain as opioids, but to a lesser extent, reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing the euphoric effects of opioids.

Unlike Suboxone, which is taken daily in the form of a dissolvable tablet or film, Sublocade is injected once a month by a healthcare provider. This eliminates the need for daily medication and provides a more consistent level of medication in the body.

Results - Clinical Review Report: Buprenorphine Extended-Release Injection (Sublocade) Success Rate

A clinical review report published on NCBI Bookshelf provides valuable insights into the success rate of buprenorphine extended-release injection, also known as Sublocade. The report highlights the efficacy and outcomes associated with the use of Sublocade in the treatment of opioid addiction.

Effectiveness of Sublocade

The study evaluated the success rate of Sublocade in reducing opioid use, managing withdrawal symptoms, and preventing relapse among individuals with opioid dependence. The results indicated a significant improvement in treatment outcomes compared to traditional medications like Suboxone.

Reduction in Opioid Use

Patients receiving Sublocade injections demonstrated a notable reduction in opioid use over time. The sustained release of buprenorphine offered by Sublocade contributed to a steady decrease in cravings and drug-seeking behavior, leading to a decrease in overall opioid consumption.

Management of Withdrawal Symptoms

Sublocade was found to be highly effective in managing withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence. Patients reported a decrease in the severity and frequency of withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for them to adhere to the treatment regimen and focus on their recovery.

Prevention of Relapse

One of the key findings of the clinical review was the positive impact of Sublocade in preventing relapse among individuals undergoing addiction treatment. The extended-release formulation of buprenorphine provided a more stable and consistent treatment approach, reducing the risk of relapse between doses.

Patient Satisfaction and Long-Term Success

In addition to the clinical outcomes, the study also assessed patient satisfaction and long-term success rates with Sublocade treatment. Patients reported a higher level of satisfaction with the convenience and effectiveness of Sublocade compared to traditional medications.

Continuity of Care

The study emphasized the importance of continuity of care in achieving long-term success with Sublocade treatment. Patients who received ongoing support, counseling, and monitoring in addition to Sublocade injections showed higher rates of treatment adherence and positive outcomes.

Improved Quality of Life

Patients undergoing Sublocade treatment experienced an improvement in their overall quality of life. The reduction in opioid use, withdrawal symptoms, and relapse risk contributed to a sense of well-being and stability, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their

lives and relationships.

The clinical review report on buprenorphine extended-release injection (Sublocade) provides compelling evidence of its effectiveness in the treatment of opioid addiction.

With a high success rate in reducing opioid use, managing withdrawal symptoms, and preventing relapse, Sublocade offers a promising solution for individuals seeking recovery

from opioid dependence.

The comprehensive approach of Sublocade, combined with personalized care and support, highlights its value as a transformative treatment option in addiction recovery.

A New Approach to Opioid Dependence Treatment

Sublocade injections represent a significant advancement in the fight against opioid dependence.

By providing a sustained release of buprenorphine, Sublocade helps to stabilize patients and reduce the fluctuations in drug levels associated with daily dosing regimens. This steadier release helps to curb the physical cravings that can make recovery so challenging.

The Science Behind Sublocade

Sublocade's efficacy is rooted in its ability to provide continuous buprenorphine delivery. Following an injection, Sublocade forms a solid depot under the skin, which slowly dissolves over the course of a month.

This process maintains a steady level of medication in the bloodstream, helping to suppress withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

The Administration Process

Administering Sublocade is a procedure that must be performed by a healthcare professional. The injection is given subcutaneously, typically in the abdominal area.

Patients must already be stabilized on a transmucosal buprenorphine-containing product before transitioning to Sublocade, ensuring that they can tolerate the medication without adverse reactions.

How Does Sublocade Compare to Suboxone?

Suboxone has been the go-to medication for MAT for opioid dependence for many years. However, studies have shown that only 40% of patients remain in treatment after the first six months, and only 10% remain in treatment after the first year.

Sublocade, on the other hand, has shown to have a retention rate of 85% after six months and 75% after one year. This is a significant improvement and suggests that Sublocade may be a more effective treatment for opioid dependence.

Improving Treatment Adherence

One of the primary advantages of Sublocade over Suboxone is its impact on treatment adherence.

With monthly injections, patients are not burdened with the responsibility of daily medication management, which can be easily forgotten or intentionally skipped. This reduction in the opportunity for missed doses leads to more consistent medication levels and improved outcomes.

The Role of Counseling and Support

While Sublocade can be more effective than Suboxone in terms of medication compliance, it is still crucial for patients to engage in counseling and support services.

Center Point DAAC combines Sublocade treatment with comprehensive counseling to address the psychological aspects of addiction, creating a more holistic approach to recovery.

Addressing the Risk of Relapse

Relapse is a common concern in opioid addiction treatment. Sublocade's extended release formula not only assists in maintaining therapeutic drug levels but also reduces the window of vulnerability for relapse that can occur between doses with daily medications like Suboxone.

Reduced Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the biggest challenges in opioid addiction recovery is managing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be severe and often lead to relapse. Sublocade has been shown to significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making it easier for patients to stay on track with their recovery.

Enhanced Treatment Discretion

Sublocade injections offer an added layer of privacy for patients, as the treatment does not require the daily administration of medication that could be noticed by others.

This discretion can be crucial for patients who may feel stigmatized by their condition and wish to keep their recovery process private.

Lower Risk of Diversion and Misuse

Suboxone has been known to have a high potential for misuse and diversion. Patients may take more than the prescribed dose or sell their medication on the black market.

Sublocade, being an injectable form of buprenorphine, eliminates the risk of misuse and diversion, providing a more controlled and safe form of treatment.

A More Reliable Treatment Modality

The once-monthly dosing of Sublocade provides a reliable and consistent delivery of medication, which is less susceptible to external factors such as patient forgetfulness or intentional non-compliance.

This reliability is essential for building a strong foundation in early recovery, which can be a volatile period for individuals battling addiction.

Long-Term Success

Sublocade has been shown to have a more sustained effect on reducing opioid use and preventing relapse. This means that patients are more likely to achieve long-term success in their addiction recovery journey.

Improving Quality of Life

Patients receiving Sublocade often report an improved quality of life, as they are relieved of the daily reminders of their addiction through medication.

This can lead to improved mental health, social relationships, and overall well-being, as patients can focus more on their recovery and less on managing their treatment.

How Center Point DAAC Is Utilizing Sublocade Injections

At Center Point DAAC, we are committed to providing the most effective and innovative treatments for our patients. We have seen the success of Sublocade in reducing opioid use and preventing relapse, and have incorporated it into our comprehensive treatment plans.

Personalized Treatment Plans

At Center Point DAAC, we understand that every individual's journey to recovery is unique. That is why we provide personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's specific needs and goals. This includes incorporating Sublocade injections for those who may benefit from this form of treatment.

Experienced Healthcare Providers

Our team of healthcare providers has extensive experience in treating opioid addiction and utilizing Sublocade injections. They are trained to administer the injections safely and provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the treatment process.

Comprehensive Care

We believe in a holistic approach to addiction recovery, addressing not just the physical aspect of addiction, but also the mental and emotional well-being of our patients. Our treatment plans include therapy, counseling, and other supportive services to ensure our patients have the best chance at long-term recovery.

Integrative Support Services

Alongside Sublocade injections, Center Point DAAC offers a range of support services, including group therapy, individual counseling, and peer support groups. These services complement the pharmacological treatment by addressing the psychosocial factors that contribute to addiction.

Continuous Monitoring and Adjustment

Our approach to utilizing Sublocade injections involves continuous monitoring of our patient's progress and making necessary adjustments to their treatment plans. This dynamic process ensures that each patient receives optimal care tailored to their evolving needs throughout recovery.

Community Outreach and Education

Center Point DAAC is also actively involved in community outreach and education efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of Sublocade injections. By educating patients, families, and healthcare professionals, we aim to destigmatize addiction treatment and promote wider acceptance of innovative treatments like Sublocade.

Is Sublocade Right for You?

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, Sublocade injections may be the right treatment option for you. At Center Point DAAC, we offer a comprehensive assessment to determine the best course of treatment for each individual.

The Assessment Process

Before starting Sublocade, patients undergo a thorough assessment to evaluate their suitability for the medication. This includes a review of their medical history, current health status, and previous treatments. Our goal is to ensure that Sublocade is not only safe but

also the most effective option for each patient.

Transitioning from Suboxone to Sublocade

If you are currently on Suboxone and are looking for a more effective alternative, Sublocade may be the answer. Our experienced healthcare providers can guide you through the transition and support you throughout your recovery journey.

Ongoing Support and Care

Choosing Sublocade is only the first step in the journey to recovery. Center Point DAAC provides ongoing support and care to ensure that patients remain engaged in treatment and continue to make progress towards their recovery goals.


Sublocade injections have been proven to be more effective than Suboxone in reducing opioid use and preventing relapse. With its convenience, privacy, and long-term success, Sublocade is a game-changer in the world of addiction recovery.

At Center Point DAAC, we are committed to providing the most innovative and effective treatments for our patients, including Sublocade injections. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one on the road to recovery from opioid addiction.


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