What is Induction?

In the context of addiction treatment, induction refers to the initial phase of treatment where the patient begins to receive medication, such as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone, to help manage their addiction.

The goal of induction is to initiate treatment with the medication, while minimizing the risk of adverse reactions, such as overdose, and to help the patient transition into a comprehensive treatment program. During induction, the patient’s medication dose is carefully titrated and monitored to ensure that it is effective in reducing cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms, while also avoiding overdose or other adverse reactions. The length and specifics of the induction phase will vary depending on the individual patient and their specific needs, as well as the type of medication being used.

After induction, the patient will continue to receive medication as part of a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment plan, which may include behavioral therapies, support services, and other treatments.

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