Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat substance use disorder, and for some, can help sustain recovery.
Medication-assisted treatments have been proven to ease symptoms of withdrawal, reduce cravings, and block the brain’s ability to experience the substance’s effect. In many circumstances, incorporating medication-assisted treatment can increase the odds for long-term recovery.
Medication-assisted treatments are especially helpful in the early recovery stage, when the person in recovery is going through detoxification and withdrawal.
After detoxification, medication may be used to help a person avoid relapse by re-establishing normal brain function and decreasing cravings.
Medication can be life-saving for a person who has overdosed on opioids.
Medication assisted treatment can be used to treat:
Alcohol use disorder
Opioid addiction, including heroin and prescription painkiller use.