MAT AddictionBecause Medication-Assisted Treatment is the most-effective addiction recovery strategy, we continue presenting this list of medications that can help support a successful return to sobriety.

DISCLAIMER: This list is presented for information only. Before taking ANY medication, talk to your personal physician about your substance use to determine what actions are right for you.

  • Buprenorphine (Subutex) – This unique medication both blocks and stimulates the opioid receptor.  Use of buprenorphine treats withdrawal and reduced cravings.  Moreover, use of buprenorphine has been shown to helps people stay in treatment, and reduces death from opiates.
  • Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) – In addition to the above-mentioned effects of buprenorphine, the addition of naloxone helps deter abuse of this drug.
  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) – This antidepressant helps reduce nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This is important, because up to 85% of people who are dependent upon alcohol are also nicotine-dependent. Additionally, when prescribed “off-label” bupropion may curb cocaine cravings and may lessens the depression felt during cocaine detoxification.
  • Buspirone (Buspar) – This anti-anxiety medication is often used to augment the benefits of antidepressants.
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol) – This anti-epilepsy medication is sometimes used patients who have been unsuccessful at detoxing from alcohol in the past.
  • Clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay)– Put simply, this nonaddictive drug blocks adrenaline in the brain. Thus, it can help with symptoms of opioid withdrawal.  Moreover, in addition to buprenorphine, longer-term use has been shown to help patients cope with the stress of recovery from opiate addiction.   In one study, 85% of rehab patients given both clonidine and naltrexone complete treatment successfully.

This list continues in Part 3.

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As one of the most-trusted outpatient rehab programs in San Diego, Lasting Recovery supports the evidence-based use of medications and counseling.

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