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Medication-Assisted Treatment: Sublocade

Sublocade is a monthly injectable medication that treats opioid use disorder.

Contact Tampa Bay Recovery Center to start medication-assisted treatment today.

doctor prepares sublocade injection
doctor prepares sublocade injection


Medication-Assisted Treatment: Sublocade

Sublocade is a monthly injectable medication that treats opioid use disorder.

Contact Tampa Bay Recovery Center to start medication-assisted treatment today.


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When someone develops an addiction to opioid drugs, they need the most modern approaches to recovery. Tampa Bay Recovery proudly offers Sublocade shots to help increase a person’s ability to overcome their opioid addiction. If you are wondering, “What is Sublocade?”, our article will help explain this medication and what a difference it can make. Tampa Bay Recovery provides several levels of outpatient rehab that help people interpret the root causes of their addiction. From there, they learn to reshape how they think and act and go on to enjoy a substance-free life.

What is Sublocade?

This modern approach to treating addiction has made the news a lot lately, but many people wonder, “What is Sublocade?” Sublocade is a prescription medication used to help treat people who have an opioid use disorder. This includes both prescription and illegal (or street) opioid drugs. It works well for people with moderate to severe addiction and often provides the missing key to a person’s overall treatment program.


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How Does The Sublocade Shot Work?

What is Sublocade treatment like? The medication-assisted treatment is delivered as an extended-release injection. Once introduced to the body, it turns from a liquid form into a gel solid and slowly releases buprenorphine at sustained levels. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that helps minimize withdrawal symptoms that happen when someone stops abusing opioid drugs. This helps reduce the individual’s cravings to use opioids and allows them to focus on their treatment program.

Sublocade Side Effects

Someone interested in trying this approach to recovering from opioid addiction may wonder what are the Sublocade side effects. Not everyone will experience side effects, but some common ones may occur. Any side effects should be reported to the person who prescribed or administers the shots. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy
  • Dizziness
  • Increase in liver enzymes
  • Pain or itching at the injection site

While not common, some more serious side effects may occur. These include blurred vision, difficulty breathing, and slurred speech. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical care. Someone beginning to take Sublocade should avoid driving and other potentially dangerous activities until they know how the drug affects them. It’s also important to be aware that drinking alcohol or taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, that contain alcohol can cause a harmful reaction.

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Tampa Bay Recovery Center is a premier leader in the provision of addiction treatment services. If you or someone you love is in need of professional care to address a substance use disorder, reach out to us right now at (813) 733-8774 to speak with an admissions specialist who can get you started on the road to recovery.

How Long Does The Sublocade Shot Last?

Sublocade shots last for 28 to 30 days. They are given once a month, which allows the convenience of not having to use alternatives like methadone, which requires daily dosages. The length of a person’s addiction and the severity of it will factor into how long a person should take Sublocade shots. The clinician administering the injections will monitor each person to see how effective the shots are and create a plan for how long to take them.

How Do I Know I'm A Good Fit For The Sublocade Shot?

Sublocade shots work well for people who have a moderate to severe addiction to opioid drugs. It should be used as part of an overall treatment program rather than just on its own. Someone who is attending either outpatient or residential care can take Sublocade. Because it helps reduce cravings to use opioids, it allows the person to focus on their treatment program. Opioid drugs include the following:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet)
  • Methadone
  • Oxymorphone

Someone who regularly takes their Sublocade shots and actively participates in going to addiction-related therapies can make real progress in learning to stay sober. A clinical study showed that those who used Sublocade proved 14 times more likely to achieve treatment success. Success was defined as staying opioid-free through a minimum of 80% of the weeks spent in treatment.

Other Services We Offer

Tampa Bay Recovery offers a variety of services along with Sublocade shots. We understand how important it is for people in recovery to have access to several types of therapy. Each therapy modality we provide offers ways to help understand the nature of a person’s addiction and how to recover from it permanently. 

The types of therapy we offer include:

We also treat dual diagnosis, which is the presence of both an addiction and a mental health disorder. We can provide prescription medications that help treat symptoms of mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, and mood swings. An initial assessment will determine which therapies and medications can best help a person meet their treatment goals.

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Begin Treatment for Opioid Addiction Today!

Anyone undergoing treatment for opioid addiction will want to attend a program that provides up-to-the-minute treatment options. Tampa Bay Recovery Center understands what Sublocade is and how it can make recovering from opioid addiction easier to accomplish. We offer Sublocade shots as part of our outpatient programs to help people have all the tools they need when it comes to beating a substance use disorder.

Visit our admissions page now to find out how using our program can make the difference between struggling to stay sober and overcoming addiction completely. Our admissions staff provides comprehensive answers and can verify your insurance for you.

Our Philosophy

We believe that getting help for substance use disorders is about much more than just trying to get through another day of not drinking or using drugs. Our mission is to help people reclaim their lives by teaching them how to effectively deal with the stress, trauma, and anxiety that contribute to their addictions. 

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Our staff has over 60 years of combined experience in treating behavioral health disorders. Our compassionate and empathetic approach has helped hundreds.

Medically Reviewed by
Jennifer Strong, LMHC

Jennifer Strong, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.