Methadone is a legal medication produced by licensed and approved pharmaceutical companies. Methadone treatment prevents opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduces the craving for opioids, stablizes the patient, reduces the abuse of other drugs like cocaine and benzodiazepines, reduces infections with Hepatitis B & C virus and HIV, improves medical status and restores the patient to a productive, independent and responsible life.
Buprenorphine when appropriately prescribed is an effective and safe medication to treat opioid use disorders. Buprenorphine is prescribed to block the effects of heroin and pain killers in similar ways as methadone. Buprenorphine will be prescribed in pill form It reduces your risk of relapse Can be prescribed for maintenance of detoxification, both short term and long term