FDA Medications

FDA-Approved Opioid and Alcohol Detox Medication

The most widespread misconception about the application of medically assisted treatment for addiction is that "all it does is trade one drug for another." However, MAT rehab programs utilize FDA-approved medications that have a singular purpose: to alleviate any lingering withdrawal symptoms, minimize cravings, and restore chemical imbalances in the body.

Years of research and testing show that the vast majority of MAT medications are not habit-forming. In other words, they carry minimal risks of addiction development. In fact, at the lowest effective dose, the drugs that MAT program patients rely on for continued recovery from addiction have no documented adverse effects on mental performance or physical functionality. So, the notion that medically assisted substance use disorder treatment merely trades one addiction for a new one is entirely false.


Patients can safely take Vivitrol for months or years following rehab. Many people in recovery utilize Vivitrol for a lifetime to maintain sobriety.


Naltrexone is one of the most commonly administered FDA medications for treating both opioid dependence and alcohol use disorder.


Buprenorphine is usually used to taper the effects of short-acting opioids like heroin and semi-synthetic opioid drugs like oxycodone.