When treating someone with an opioid addiction, medically-assisted recovery programs provide for the best and safest options available. A sobering fact from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 130 people die every day from opioid drug overdoses, and 10.3 million people misused prescription opioids in 2018. Help is needed now than ever before and is why it’s crucial to have access to affordable medication-assisted treatment.
Medically-assisted treatment “is the use of FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies that provide a holistic approach to the treatment of substance abuse disorders.” (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) FDA-approved medications include Suboxone, Methadone, and Vivitrol. These medications help ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal and curb drug cravings.
The injectable medication is an antagonist designed to curb cravings for an extended period. It;s administered once a month during a medication-assisted treatment program. It helps stave off opioid cravings, eliminates physical symptoms of withdrawal, and prevents overdosing. The person taking the drug needs to abstain from any opiate for fourteen days before the first injection.
Medication-assisted treatment helps with these withdrawal symptoms: