Debate continues but science is clear: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

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Research confirms medication-assisted treatment (MAT) –  with medications such as methadone and buprenorphine – is effective in preventing recurrence of use and overdose. Despite MAT skeptics, the American Society of Addiction Medicine recommends medication combined with counseling as the optimal treatment strategy for most patients.

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