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                                                         Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid Addiction



                                                                    Facts for Family and Friends

"A lot of times family members just think that there’s just a ‘say no’ type approach, that if you’re not gonna get high, end of story, it should be all better, let’s go back to life as we knew it. They fail to understand that sometimes...we quit being the family member that loved ones thought we were. We become somebody else."        Mike M.


Has an opioid addiction turned someone you care about into "somebody else"? Is there something that can be done to help your friend or loved one overcome this addiction? Medication-assisted treatment is one way to help those with opioid addiction recover their lives. There are three, equally important parts to this form of treatment:

  1. Medication
  2. Counseling
  3. Support from family and friends.

These three parts work together to help people recover. Medication-assisted treatment may be helpful to your friend or loved one.


Most people cannot just walk away from addiction. They need help to change addictive behavior into nonaddictive, healthful patterns. They can get this help with treatmentwith the care of doctors and substance abuse treatment providers.


Treatment May Include Medication 

Medication-assisted treatment is treatment for addiction that includes the use of medication along with counseling and other support. Treatment that includes medication is often the best choice for opioid addiction.