Another medication that has been approved more recently is buprenorphine (brand names Suboxone and Subutex). Buprenorphine paired with substance use disorder counseling , has been proven to be another safe and effective way of treating opiate addiction.
“Medication-assisted treatment with methadone, buprenorphine, or extended-release injectable naltrexone plays a critical role in the treatment of opioid use disorders. According to the latest survey of opioid treatment providers more than 300,000 people received some form of medication-assisted treatment for an opioid use disorder in 2011.”
Buprenorphine acts as a medical intervention to alleviate the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal, in order to allow successful recovery and encourage a smooth continuance of day to day life for the patient. Once Buprenorphine treatment begins, a patient will experience a dramatic reduction in withdrawal symptoms and also a suppression of harmful drug cravings. Counseling is a critical element of the treatment process to support successful recovery from opiate addiction.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about Buprenorphine and if it is right for you.