Medication-assisted treatment of opiate dependence is gaining favor

Cleve Clin J Med. 2013 Jun;80(6):345-9. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.80a.12181.


People addicted to opiates are more likely to avoid returning to these drugs if they participate in a program that includes taking maintenance doses of methadone or buprenorphine than with an abstinence program. Although medical opinion has long been divided on the issue of abstinence vs medication-assisted treatment, the latter seems to be gaining respect as an evidence-based approach.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Methadone / therapeutic use*
  • Opiate Substitution Treatment / methods*
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Secondary Prevention


  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Methadone