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Opioid Addiction Treatment Explained

Last updated: 07/12/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review

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Opioid addiction affects thousands of individuals and families every year. It is such a dire problem that it has actually reached epidemic proportions. Fortunately, there is treatment available. Many people may be wondering exactly what opioid addiction treatment is. In order to truly have opioid addiction treatment explained, there are a few things you need to know.

How Opioid Addiction is Traditionally Treated without Medication

The traditional treatment for opioid addiction involves a variety of counseling methods along with supportive treatments. Although some treatment facilities choose a cold turkey method without any over the counter or supplemental medications, others choose to medicate with medications for:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain

A traditional approach also involves intensive counseling along with these medications. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment programs often include:

Each of these methods are available in inpatient (residential), outpatient (nonresidential), and combined programs. It is important to find the best treatment method for you.

How is Opioid Addiction Treated with Medication?

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Massage therapy is a supplemental treatment for opioid addiction.

For decades, medications have been used along with counseling and psychotherapy in the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction. This use of medications is known as medication assisted therapy. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the medications used in this manner include:

All of these medications are used to reduce withdrawal symptoms, replace opioids with safer drugs, prevent opioid overdose, or some combination thereof. It should be noted that medication alone does not constitute treatment. Effective addiction treatment requires counseling and mental health improvements to truly work.

How is Opioid Addiction Treated with Supplemental Methods?

Another thing to know about is the use of supplemental treatments. A large portion of addiction treatment centers are now adding supplemental treatment methods to their protocols. Some of these include:

All of these supplemental methods are used to help recovering addicts in their treatment. They do this by:

  • Improving mental health
  • Helping a patient self-motivate
  • Improving physical well-being
  • Facilitating a patient’s engagement in their recovery

Doing these things in treatment may increase the likelihood of a successful outcome to treatment and reduces the risk of relapse in the future.