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Opioid Addiction Treatment – Methadone and Suboxone

Addiction from opioid drugs has been a major concern for the healthcare field. Many people in the US are becoming dependent on prescription opioids. To help those addicted people get rid of their drug dependency, doctors are prescribing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) approach that includes some pharmaceuticals, including methadone, suboxone, and buprenorphine, for treating opioid addictions. These drugs are proved to be very effective in treating opioid abuse in less painful ways. These medicines are used for both harmful opiates (heroin) and prescription opioids (OxyContin) to offer an addiction-free life to people.

Medication-assisted treatment is approved by doctors because it lowers the effect of withdrawal symptoms and helps people get rid of their addiction gradually. Though drugs used in MAT treatment manage withdrawal and prevent relapses, they can be abused if not taken in a prescribed way.

Some people believed that Medication Assisted Treatment is mere a replacement from one drug dependency to another. But the truth is that some of the drugs used in the treatment process are partial agonist in nature, which means these drugs are not as active as full opioid agonists such as heroin. Full opioid agonists are those that chemically manipulate the human neurochemical reward systems causing euphoric conditions and artificial pleasure.

Partial agonists, such as buprenorphine, attach to the receptor site but have a less activating effect. This is why those who are having opioid addiction can reduce the craving for opioids because these drugs can mitigate the withdrawal symptoms.

Methadone and suboxone are used in the Medication Assisted treatment for helping people get rid of their addictions. While Methadone is the oldest option and is probably one of the initial drugs used for reducing the cravings of opioids,  suboxone is the new name in the field as it got approved as an opioid addiction treatment drug in 2002 by FDA.

The route of taking methadone is many. The tablets can be swallowed and some types of tablets need to be dissolved first in liquid. Methadone is also available in liquid form which can be mixed with water or juice before drinking it.

Suboxone tablets and dissolvable film are available in the market. The dissolvable film  must be placed under your tongue. Medication-assisted treatment includes the tested drugs that reduce the Opioid cravings while lowering the withdrawal symptoms. It is really hard to get rid of addiction by yourself and you need a team of doctors that make the procedure easy. Norton Healthcare offers a holistic approach to your addiction.  Doctors will motivate you to fight against your problem and give hope to your new life. For any addiction related query, contact Norton Healthcare – Rehab Clinic at Norton, MA.

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