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In 2002, the FDA approved the use of the unique opioid buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone) for the treatment of opioid addiction in the U.S. Buprenorphine has numerous advantages over methadone and naltrexone. As a medication-assisted treatment, it suppresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids, does not cause euphoria in the opioid-dependent patient, and it blocks the effects of the other (problem) opioids for at least 24 hours.
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence can include the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to complement the education, counseling and other support measures that focus on the behavioral aspects of opioid addiction. This medication can allow one to regain a normal state of mind – free of withdrawal, cravings and the drug-induced highs and lows of addiction. Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and dependence is much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes.
Methadone Detoxification Program provides medical intervention through daily dispensing of methadone and counseling support for up to 180 days to opiate-addicted individuals so they may reduce their dependency on heroin. The program follows a harm-reduction approach to support clients in developing the motivation to become drug-free or free of dependence on illicit drugs. The program is designed to gradually reduce the dosage of methadone with the ultimate goal of being drug-free.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)
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This can help heroin or other opiate (such as oxycontin, dilaudid, and hydrocone) drug users reduce or stop using and return to productive lives.
Opiate addiction is a major individual and public health problem. It is estimated that at least 2,000,000 (2 million) people in the United States are currently addicted to heroin and other opiates. They risk premature death and often suffer from HIV, hepatitis B or C, sexually transmitted disease (STDs), liver disease from alcohol abuse, and other physical and mental health problems. It is estimated that 30,000 people die of drug over-doses every year.
Methadone Maintenance Treatment is the most effective treatment for opiate addiction. Methadone is a synthetic agent that works by “occupying” the brain receptor sites affected by heroin and other opiates. Methadone Maintenance Treatment, a program in which addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone, was initially developed during the 1960s. Methadone Maintenance Treatment has important benefits for addicted individuals and for society.