What are cravings?

Cravings are intense urges or desires to use a substance, often triggered by cues associated with the substance, such as specific environments, people, or emotions. Cravings can be a significant factor in the development and maintenance of substance use disorders and can contribute to relapse.


In OUD treatment, managing cravings is an essential aspect of the recovery process. Medications used in MAT, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, can help reduce cravings for opioids, which can improve treatment outcomes and reduce the risk of relapse.

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