Treatment Is Effective

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Substance use disorder is a treatable, chronic disorder that can be managed successfully. Research shows that combining behavioral therapy with medications is the best way to ensure success for most people. The combination of behavioral interventions and medications to treat a substance use disorder is known as medication assisted treatment (MAT). Treatment approaches must be tailored to address substance use patterns and related medical, psychiatric, environmental, and social problems. Just like any other chronic disorder, like asthma or hypertension, addiction is difficult to treat without the help of a health care provider.

There are three medications commonly used to treat opioid addiction:

  • Methadone – clinic-based opioid agonist that does not block other narcotics while preventing withdrawal while taking it; daily liquid dispensed only in specialty regulated clinics
  • Naltrexone – office-based non-addictive opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of other narcotics; daily pill or monthly injection
  • Buprenorphine – office-based opioid agonist/ antagonist that blocks other narcotics while reducing withdrawal risk; daily dissolving tablet, cheek film, or 6-month implant under the skin


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