Is There Medicine to Help You Recover from a Heroin Addiction?

In the past, treatment for an addiction to opioids (heroin or prescription pain pills) was very limited. It wasn’t uncommon to think of addiction as a moral failing. Many parents believed their son or daughter could easily “just stop” if he or she wanted to.

But today, with scientific research and studies of the brain, we now know so much more about what can help lead more people to recovery.

Medication-assisted treatment — combined with comprehensive therapy and family support — can help lessen the brain’s urges to continue to use. By helping to reduce cravings and withdrawal, medication-assisted treatment such as naltrexone (Vivitrol), buprenorphine (Suboxone) and methadone can help a person stop thinking constantly about the problem drug. This allows the person to focus on returning to a healthy lifestyle.

Watch the video below to hear experts Adam Bisaga, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Alicia Murray, DO, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, explain how medication-assisted treatment is just that — “assistance” — in helping a person with an addiction maintain recovery:

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    December 16, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Thank you so much for the helpful information about heroin addiction. I am working on a presentation for my health class and this blog has been very helpful. I’m glad that this source talked about how treatment was before and after further research was done on heroin addiction. Heroin is such a powerful drug and withdrawal is an extremely grueling process to go through. After reading a few blogs on my topic, how heroin effects the body, at first I thought that withdrawal isn’t as hard as it actually is. After reading different blogs and stories about withdrawal from heroin I have realized that withdrawal from heroin is not something to take lightly.

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    Lisa Trifiro

    January 28, 2018 at 7:40 AM

    My son was off heroin through a methodone program for 10 years. He reduced his methodone ?? and was having a relationship problem and guess what? After 3 heart wrenching months he decided to go back to college, that would fix the problem. Now I am finding out computers ate missing etc..I am 59 and just had back surgery and this is my everyday thought, planning his funeral or jail time. We have been through the whole gammit with counseling, suboxone, methadone and it tore our family apart. I am now divorced and we are back where he was at 21 and is now 31. Thr drug is too strong and powerful for our interventions. Ee are just buying time. Thank you for listening.

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      January 30, 2018 at 7:08 PM

      Hi Lisa,
      I can understand your heartache over your son’s relapse and the exhausting 10-year journey. While the drug may be powerful, it sounds like he did really well on methadone for quite some time. I’m guessing he thought he could be okay without it — and some people can, while others need to stick with it. Hopefully he will consider re-engaging with methadone or one of the other medications that can be helpful [i.e. Sublocade (a 30-day shot of suboxone) or Vivitrol (a 30-day shot of naltrexone)].

      You can find out more about these medications at this link:
      Call us if you’d like to talk it over at 1-855-DRUGFREE.

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