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How Do FDA-Approved Medications Treat Opioid Dependency?

Millions of people are affected by the US opioid crisis each year. This includes the families of users. In an effort to combat this problem, the FDA has approved three medications to treat dependence on this drug, according to industry experts. These include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. An addiction treatment center will provide many different types of approaches to addiction, sometimes including medication. This quick guide will provide you with information on opioid treatments.

Understanding Opioid Use Disorder

The term Opioid Use Disorder has been used to describe this specific type of medical condition. Opioid Use Disorder is considered to be a treatable medical condition. This disorder is a complex combination of brain circuitry, genetics, and an individual’s life experiences. Finding plans that work is not a one-size-fits-all approach within an addiction treatment center. Each person must be helped in a unique way that will address their own personal disorder.

It is important to know that the use of this drug can range from severe to mild. This disorder can manifest from using one of the following types of drugs: oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, and heroin.

Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatments

Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT as it is sometimes referred to, is a new and ever-evolving approach to use disorders. This type of treatment is almost always combined with behavior therapy and counseling to address the many layers of use disorder. MAT has a track record of successfully fighting opioid use as well as other types of substance abuse.

During MAT, patients in an addiction treatment center are prescribed FDA-approved medications that will help to combat the effects and addictive properties of opioids. This approach reduces the potential for relapse and overdose. Many patients report that the medicines provide great relief from withdrawal symptoms. Having the medications in one’s system can also block the euphoric effect or the high that someone would feel should they ingest other drugs or alcohol. Blocking this effect can help an individual separate themselves from the experience of drug use.

MAT Is A Safe Option

Many families are concerned about the safety of the MAT approach. Understandably, this is often an issue if the user abuses prescription medication. Families are often hesitant to then have their loved one on another prescription. Families can rest assured that MAT is a safe option. Under the supervision of a doctor and a rehab team, most people see significant success.

If you or a loved one are dealing with an opioid use disorder, please reach out to us today for help.

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