According to the CMS, SAMHSA, CDC, and NIH, Methadone is effective in treating opioid addiction in adults. Methadone, which has received FDA-approval for treating opioid use disorders, has a long history of use in treatment of opioid dependence in adults, and is available in specially licensed methadone treatment programs, such as Affinity Healthcare Group.
How Does Methadone Work?
Methadone prevents opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings by activating opioid receptors in the brain.
Methadone and Behavioral Therapies
To improve outcomes, it is recommended that Methadone is combined with behavioral therapies. Research has shown that the combination of medication and behavioral therapies is the most effective approach to treating substance use disorders.
What Are Behavioral Therapies?
Behavioral therapies help recovering individuals engage in the treatment process, modify attitudes and behaviors related to drug and alcohol abuse, and increase healthy life skills. These therapies can also enhance the effectiveness of medications and help recovering individuals stay in treatment longer.
There are a number of behavioral therapies that can be used in combination with medications to successfully address substance use disorders:
1. Individual therapy, group counseling, and family behavior therapy each provide different types of support.
- Equips individuals in recovery with skills to maintain a substance-free life,
- Addresses co-occurring mental health issues and the benefits of prescription medication in treatment, and
- Supports their individuals goals regarding employment, education and family relationships.
- Reduces a person’s sense of isolation,
- Provides peer support and feedback, and
- Develops social and problem-solving skills.
Family behavior therapy
- Provides education,
- Allows family members to express feelings and concerns, and
- Helps secure family support for the person in recovery.
2. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps individuals in recovery to recognize, avoid, and cope with situations in which they are most likely to abuse drugs.
3. Motivational enhancement helps individuals in recovery to develop readiness to change their behavior and enter treatment.
4. Motivational incentives (contingency management) uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence from drugs.