Types Opioid Dependency Medications

Methadone, Buprenorphine, Suboxone and Naltrexone (ReVia & Vivitrol) are used to treat opioid dependence and addiction to short-acting opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, as well as semi-synthetic opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone. People may safely take medications used in MAT for months, years, several years, or even a lifetime. Plans to stop a medication must always be discussed with a doctor.


Suboxone, which is a sublingual combination tablet containing buprenorphine and naloxone, is a treatment option available to you at all HealthQwest Clinic locations. Our addiction professionals can assist you in determining if Suboxone is an appropriate choice that meets your needs. Learn more about Suboxone


Methadone tricks the brain into thinking it’s still getting the abused drug. In fact, the person is not getting high from it and feels normal, so withdrawal doesn’t occur. Learn more about methadone.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women must inform their treatment provider before taking methadone. It is the only drug used in MAT approved for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Learn more about pregnant or breastfeeding women and methadone.


Like methadone, buprenorphine suppresses and reduces cravings for the abused drug. It can come in a pill form or sublingual tablet that is placed under the tongue. Learn more about buprenorphine.


Naltrexone works differently than methadone and buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependency. If a person using naltrexone relapses and uses the abused drug, naltrexone blocks the euphoric and sedative effects of the abused drug and prevents feelings of euphoria. Two types of Naltrexone are:

  • Vivitrol: Vivitrol® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) is a non-addictive, once-monthly treatment proven to prevent relapse in opioid-dependent patients when used with counseling following detoxification. Vivitrol can also be used to treat alcohol dependence. Additional information about Vivitrol
  • ReVia: ReVia (naltrexone) is a daily oral medication that is taken in tablet form to block the euphoric effects of alcohol or narcotic drugs.