By Nina Feldman
September 12, 2018
Cristina Rivell has been struggling with an opioid addiction since she was a
teenager - going in and out of rehab for five years. The most recent time,
her doctor prescribed her a low dose of buprenorphine (often known by its
brand name, Suboxone), a drug that helps curb cravings for stronger opioids
and prevents the symptoms of withdrawal.
As the devastating effects of the opioid crisis continue, a growing body of
research supports the efficacy and safety of this sort of
medication-assisted treatment (also called MAT) for drug recovery, when
combined with psychotherapy. But the use of any of these medicines - a list
that includes methadone and naltrexone, as well as Suboxone - remains
frowned upon by most operators of sober living houses.