What is Medication-assisted Therapy for Opiate Addiction?
Despite receiving some resistance from traditional drug treatment providers, the use of medication in the world of addiction treatment is becoming more commonplace. Using medication for treating opiate addiction has allowed many people to become clean and it is something to consider, if all other methods have failed.
What are the different options for medication assisted treatment?
Medication is primarily used for treating substance abuse disorders related to opiates and alcohol. Among the most commonly used medications include the following:
· Buprenorphine: this medication is a partial opiate agonist and it was first approved for use in the United States in 2002. When an opiate agonist activates, it blocks the action of an opiate and prevents a person from experiencing drug withdrawal. The medication must be taken on a daily basis and because there is a high potential for abuse, it is available only through a licensed rehab program or through a doctor who has been specially trained by guidelines established from the Food and Drug Administration.
· Methadone: This is one of the oldest and most well-known medications used for treating opioid addiction. The drug activates the opiate receptors to block the effects of withdrawal, it reduces cravings and blocks the effects of opiates. Methadone must be taken daily and because it of
its own potential for abuse, it is only available through a licensed opioid treatment center.
· Naltrexone: This drug is used to block opiate dependence and alcohol abuse. As an opiate agonist, the medication blocks the effects of opiates and has been proven to reduce alcohol consumption. Because patients must be compliant to be given naltrexone, the person may also receive an injection of the drug monthly.
There are other medications used for treating opiate dependence, but these three are the most common and widely used.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the benefits of medication assisted treatment options, please contact reviewed and approved treatment provider Dr. Ligotti at Whole Life, today 855-475-3547
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