What is opioid agonist therapy?
Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) helps treat addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl and Percocet.
The therapy involves taking medications that prevent withdrawal and reduce cravings. Medications include Methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone)
Reduce risk for overdose and other dangers associated with using opioids
Reduce risk for relapse
Promote connections with health and substance use services
How does opioid agonist therapy work?
Methadone and Suboxone act slowly in the body, and prevent withdrawal without causing a person to get high. OAT also helps to reduce or eliminate cravings for opioid drugs.
Treatment works best when combined with other types of support, such as individual or group counselling. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment and recovery. Whichever treatment path you choose, be sure that it has everything you need to help you achieve wellness.
How can I get treatment?
You don’t need a referral, and most therapies are covered for residents of BC. Visit a doctor or care provider to explore treatment options.
General Information on Opioid Agonist Therapy
Contact your primary care provider, visit a walk-in clinic, or contact a community OAT clinic to learn about treatment availability. Find an OAT clinic that is accepting patients.