I have some reservations about the use of methadone or Suboxone to recover from opiate addiction. Isn’t that just trading one addiction for another?

Used properly, medications do not create another addiction. Medications allow an addicted person to regain a normal state of mind, free of drug-induced highs and lows. It frees the person from thinking all the time about the drug. It can reduce problems of withdrawal and craving. These changes can give the person the chance to focus on the lifestyle changes that lead back to healthy living.

Medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction is just that: medication-assisted. The medication is just one ingredient. To recover from opiate addiction, most people also need some form of counseling and support from friends, family, or other members of the recovery community.

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