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At New Directions, specially trained physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can all prescribe medicine to help you stop craving opioids, such as heroin, OxyContin® and Percocet®.
Buprenorphine (also called Subutex® or Suboxone®) is a tablet you take by mouth or a film that dissolves under your tongue. It lowers cravings for many people and helps them stay away from heroin and pills. You can even get a prescription to fill at your local pharmacy.
Buprenorphine is best for patients who are willing and able to take their medicine daily, as prescribed. This medicine must be taken every day, and you may need to try different amounts to get the right dose.
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FAQs about Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Is medicine all I need for my recovery?
You may need other services to help you get out of the cycle of addiction and rebuild your life, such as:
- Talking to a counselor about what leads you to drug use
- Meeting with other people like you who are also in treatment
- Getting help to find sober housing and a job
How do I talk to my provider about treatment?
Writing down your questions before your appointment can be helpful. Questions you might ask include:
- How can medicine help my recovery?
- What medicine do you think is best for me? Why is it the best for me?
- What other steps should I take to help my recovery?
How long do I need to take medicine?
It depends. Many people take medicine every day for a long time, sometimes for the rest of their life. We don’t ask people who take cholesterol medicine to stop when it’s working. The same is true for the treatment of OUD and other long-term conditions.
Can I become addicted to the medicines used to treat opioid use disorder?
Methadone and buprenorphine don’t replace one addiction with another. When you’re treated with these medicines at the right dose, they don’t get you high. Instead, they lower opioid cravings and ease withdrawal. These medicines restore balance to your brain so you can heal and stay strong in your recovery.
What happens if I take an opioid while I'm taking one of the OUD treatment medicines?
Using a prescription opioid or recreational drugs while using medicines that treat addiction can be dangerous. This can cause trouble breathing, coma and even death. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. They may be able to prescribe options that don’t interact, or they may change your dose. It's important to tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, including vitamins and herbs. Don’t stop using any medicines without first talking to your doctor.