Opiate treatment

In simple terms, the options available for the treatment of problem opiate use can be divided into three general categories: medically assisted treatment (MAT), drug-free treatment and withdrawal treatment (the last mentioned will not be explored here). However, addressing issues of dependence and withdrawal is only one aspect of successfully treating opiate problems. Helping the individual re-enter society through social integration, i.e. finding work and secure housing, and developing the necessary social and coping skills to avoid relapse, are likely to be equally important in ensuring a positive outcome in the longer term. Numerous studies have noted that those with opiate drug problems often have multiple treatment contacts and that therapeutic goals, especially abstinence, may not necessarily be achieved in an individual’s first treatment contact, but may be gained through repeated therapeutic interventions.