Buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone are very effective for controlling the physical symptoms of withdrawal and to decrease cravings.
It is still very important to have a complete support system to have an effective recovery from opioid dependence.
Although it is often a sensitive and difficult thing to do, it is helpful for patients to enlist the support of their family and friends if possible.
It is strongly recommended that patients seek group and/or individual counseling.
There are many church-based and many nonreligious community groups that are little or no cost.