OBOT involves receiving medication-assisted therapy from a licensed doctor in an office setting. The doctor provides buprenorphine or buprenorphine/naloxone on an outpatient basis, instead of having to attend a detox or inpatient treatment facility to withdraw from opioids and prevent relapse. Although OBOT is effective, it is often underutilized because of physicians’ lack of experience prescribing this therapy.
One of the main advantages of OBOT is that you can continue to function normally while undergoing treatment. This means you can:
- Hold down a job. Some people don’t go to rehab because they can’t afford to take a long absence from their job. Through OBOT, you can continue going to work, getting paid, and remaining productive.
- Recover with the support of your loved ones and keep up with family responsibilities. Many people find it impossible to abandon their family responsibilities to go to rehab, so OBOT allows you to remain with your family and draw strength from their support.
- Build a relationship with a medical team that can continue to help you once you complete your treatment. Transitioning back to your home life after inpatient treatment is one of the problems people face with rehab. Outpatient treatment allows you to keep working with the same team and build a long-lasting relationship with them.
- Avoid the stigma of “going to rehab.” It may not be fair, but the truth is that going to rehab holds some stigma in our culture. Some people prefer to seek treatment without going to an inpatient rehab facility, and this is where OBOT comes in: you can share your journey to recovery with your friends and family, or you can keep the details confined to your personal support system.
- Begin your recovery in the real world. Some people have difficulties readjusting to life after inpatient rehab, but OBOT means you can learn to deal with the difficulties of everyday life in the same setting you’ll be facing in early recovery, and this makes staying abstinent for the long-term much easier.