The Suboxone Program is operated at the MGH Chelsea and Revere HealthCare Centers and provides an innovative approach to substance use disorder treatment for addiction patients.
Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction. The Office Based Opioid Treatment Program (Suboxone Program) provides nursing case management and support for patients with substance use disorders, specifically opioid addiction. This program is provides an innovative approach to substance use treatment in helping individuals with addictions successfully transition to and maintain a healthier lifestyle. The nurse case manager works in collaboration with primary care providers, substance use treatment and behavioral health professionals to support the patient through treatment and recovery.
Suboxone services at MGH Chelsea and MGH Revere are provided by a team of primary care physicians who are certified to prescribe suboxone (buprenorphine) and a nurse case manager who closely monitors and supports patients in addressing their opiate addiction. The nurse case manager creates a much-needed link between the health centers and community-based services necessary to identify and treat these individuals and to support them in maintaining sobriety and thus a better quality of life. The program offers primary care providers the opportunity to enhance learning, share best practices, increase the availability of skilled consultation as well as access to meeting patients’ needs for services in substance abuse, mental health, primary care and other supportive services.