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Medication-Assisted Treatments Are Gaining Broader Acceptance

Medication-Assisted Treatments Are Gaining Broader AcceptanceFor years now, America has had a growing problem with opioid painkillers, painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol, and others. While any addiction can ruin a person’s life if it gets out of hand, opioids are unique for their extremely high relapse rate and how easy it is to die of an overdose. In fact, the number of prescription drug overdose deaths is now greater than the number of auto accident deaths.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to make that high relapse rate go down. Medication-assisted treatments use a mild opioid like methadone or buprenorphine to ease a patient out of the often severe withdrawal symptoms so they can concentrate on the cognitive-behavioral treatment program. These treatments look for the underlying causes of addiction in order to address them and avoid further relapses. These programs have scientifically proven effectiveness, even over similar programs that don’t use the medication, but many have been leery of using what seems like part of the problem as part of the solution.

However, more and more state governments are being swayed by the statistical results, which is why Illinois has recently allowed drug courts to incorporate medication-assisted treatments. Drug courts are a way for many nonviolent drug offenders to avoid jail time so long as they go through a treatment program and check back in with the court a few times, so integrating these two systems could potentially help a lot of struggling opioid addicts.

Unfortunately, not every health care plan has seen the light when it comes to medication-assisted treatments, and they don’t all cover drugs prescribed to prevent opioid-dependence withdrawal or opioid cravings.

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