Medication-Assisted Treatment

Opiate abuse affects approximately 2.1 million Americans, and about 35 Coloradans die each month from overdoses of prescription drugs. Opiate abuse is a serious epidemic in this country, and the issue is particularly bad in the state of Colorado. Recovered drug addicts who are addicted to opioids like prescription painkillers or heroin may want to consider opiate replacement therapy. This is

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a combination of medications and behavioral therapy for the treatment of drug addiction. Typically, the medications used in medication-assisted treatment are methadone and buprenorphine.

Methadone

Methadone is an opioid that is used to treat opioid dependence. Methadone must be administered at a clinic that is specifically meant to administer methadone. Patients who take methadone should also receive counseling and social support alongside their medication for the best results. If taken as prescribed, methadone can be a safe and effective treatment for opiate addiction.

Buprenorphine 

Suboxone is another opiate replacement therapy. Like methadone, suboxone also changes the way the brain responds to opiates. Patients taking suboxone do not need to go to specified clinics, but they do need to see a doctor who is specifically licensed to administer suboxone. For those who are struggling with opiate addiction, opiate replacement therapy such as suboxone can be extremely beneficial.

There are many advantages of taking suboxone. When taken as prescribed suboxone can suppress symptoms of opioid withdrawal, reduce illicit opioid use, block the effects of opioids, reduce cravings for opiates, and help patients to stay in treatment for addiction.

To learn more about medication-assisted therapy, please visit the following websites:

https://www.drugs.com/methadone.html

https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/methadone

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682134.html

https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/buprenorphine

https://archives.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/buprenorphine.html