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Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Prescription medications for opiate addiction

  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone

Each of these medications can address opiate/opiate dependence.  Additionally, when used correctly, buprenorphine and methadone can help address psychological cravings for harder drugs.  So why are medications underused when treating opiate addiction or opioid addiction? Basically, the judicial and medical environments have not been optimized for the use of medications to treat opioid or opiate addiction.

Medications for opiate addiction

Still wondering about the costs or benefits of pharmacological treatment of addiction?  We explore more here.  And invite your questions about medications for opiate addiction at the end.

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7 Responses to “Medications for opiate and opioid addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)
Todd
12:28 am May 15th, 2015

Super infographic…I work for a treatment program that provides a naltrexone implant for help with alcohol and opioids. The lack of awareness and resistance to accept these medications is truly mind boggling. We are in the 21st century aren’t we?!? Thanks Addiction Blog…

1:18 pm May 18th, 2015

Thanks Todd. Glad you like the infographic. Feel free to share it with others, so we can inform as many people as possible.

R Johnson
9:59 pm July 2nd, 2015

This is great information in an easy to understand format. Educating people about opioid addiction and medication that can be utilized to treat it is a key component in addressing the issue.

4:17 pm July 3rd, 2015

Thank you for the kind words, R Johnson.

Susan
6:24 am August 2nd, 2016

My daughter was on methadone for 2 years. I hate this drug. It certainly does not even try to wean addicts. The cost of Naltroxone is extreme. How are addicts suppose to pay for this drug that will help them to live. This is the US – we should provide help for those who want help for this disease. Shame on us.

bridget
7:36 pm June 28th, 2017

You state the monthly cost o methadone is 40$. I wish. Most programs cost 400$ and up. Most insurance will not pay unless you’re on welfare. As usual the middle class gets screwed.

Evan
10:37 am September 5th, 2017

Im currently taking 60mg of IR oxycodone and 30mg of methadone for pain. I switched to methadone from just oxy, and its been hell. You have methadone listed as a drug that can be used to help with opiate addiction. Well… Methadone is a much harder drug to stop taking or quit. It is a long release opiate which makes the withdraw symptoms last twice as long or 3 times. Im having issues coming off both drugs, but the methadone is much harder. I also have heard suboxne has the same problem. My friend has been on that for 5yrs now trying to come off.
Why don’t you mention medical marijuana treatments. I have heard using marijuana in super concentrated forms can almost stop withdraw completly. Thats a much healthier option then using the synthetic drugs. I got injured 17yrs ago and been on high amounts of oxy since. It has been a nightmare and now controls my life. I hope that the medical community and the country starts moving towards medical marijuana as a pain management solution instead of opiates. Thc is non addicting and safe. The pain management system that being used now is horrible and has ruined almost every person that has got caught in its wake. TAKE MY ADVICE NEVER TAKE OXY METHADONE OR ANY OTHER OPIATE FOR LONG TERM USE. IT WILL TAKE YOUR FREEDOM.

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