Medically-Assisted Treatment: Types of Medication

Which Detox Drug is Right For You?

If you are struggling with alcoholism or drug abuse, or you are a recovering addict, medically-assisted treatment and medications can help you better manage your recovery. The number of drugs that are prescribed to recovering patients can help manage cravings and the urge to use. These drugs help supplement your recovery from substance abuse and addiction but should not be completely relied on as therapy and support groups are also highly advised and very beneficial.

There is a selection of different medications that are used to help manage addiction. The three most common types are:

  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone


This medication is widely prescribed to those who are struggling with alcohol or opioid dependency or abuse. The reduces cravings and helps mitigate the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with the recovery process. It is more commonly prescribed in a pill form but can also be administered through an injectable. The drug is sold under the name Vivitrol.


This medication is commonly used to help treat and manage an individual who has struggled with opioid addiction. The drug works to lessen withdrawal symptoms which can often be unbearable and it also helps manage cravings. A common brand name that the drug is sold under is Suboxone. Suboxone can be taken during the detox period in order to help wean your body off of the substance of abuse.


Methadone is used to help treat opioid addiction and works by changing how the brain reacts to opioids. It also helps to lessen withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. The tricky thing about methadone is that the drug itself is an opioid which puts users of it at an increased risk of opioid abuse and relapse. Many addicts will try to get their hands on methadone illegally in order to get their ‘fix’.

When you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you will need to attend an addiction treatment program in order to overcome your addiction. There are a number of treatment models that can help you make a full recovery and while some individuals will require a 30-day program, other individuals who have a more severe addiction will require an intensive 90-day or 120-day treatment program. Once treatment has been successfully completed, the individual may be prescribed one of the numerous medication-assisted drugs. These drugs must be taken under strict doctors orders as they are intended to help you safely withdraw and manage your recovery.

Getting Help

If you are struggling with addiction, speak to an addiction treatment facility today about what sort of recovery options are available. Addiction is a disease that requires treatment in order to manage and overcome and without it, your condition will worsen.

There are different types of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) based on whether you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and a treatment specialist will ensure that you get the appropriate medication for your unique case.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.