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What is induction?
Induction is the initial phase of opioid addiction treatment during which a patient is started on a medication, such as buprenorphine or methadone. The goal of induction is to find the appropriate dose that alleviates withdrawal symptoms and cravings without causing excessive sedation or other side effects. Induction must be carefully managed to avoid complications, such as precipitated withdrawal.
Induction has been an essential part of opioid addiction treatment since the introduction of medications like methadone and buprenorphine. Proper induction protocols and patient monitoring help ensure a successful transition to maintenance therapy.