In the long battle against opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment has risen as the gold standard of treatment options. Unfortunately, when many people think about addiction treatment, they focus on the two most well-studied medications, buprenorphine (the primary drug in Suboxone) and methadone.
There is no question that these medications have saved countless lives among those who suffered from an opioid-use disorder. I currently oversee a Suboxone program, have previously worked in a large methadone program, and have seen firsthand the benefits of these medication. But I don’t believe enough discussion has been given to the rest of the treatment that the medication assists.