Addiction is considered a complex medical disease. Therefore, one must also look at its treatment from the medical perspective. What is the scientific clinical evidence in the treatment of that disease?
In terms of opiate addiction, for most people, the first line and cornerstone of treatment is to start medication assisted treatment with a buprenorphine product. Although this goes against the grain in the community of the persons afflicted with this disease, and most of the treatment centers, this is a scientific fact with incredible results. Medication with the right blend of behavioral intervention at an IOP can potentially yield powerful results. Of course, there is no one size fits all and the final decision about medication has to be made with the treating physician as well as consent and understanding of the client.