James W. Finch, MD

Medication and Behavioral Assisted Treatment for Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors

Some of the conditions treated along with the medications that have demonstrated successful outcomes in science-based clinical trials include:

Opioid abuse or dependence (Oxycontin, oxycodone, Percocet, hydrocodone, heroin, methadone):

    • Buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex)
    • Naltrexone (ReVia)

Alcohol abuse or dependence:

    • Acamprosate (Campral)
    • Naltrexone: Oral (ReVia) or monthly injections (Vivitrol)
    • Disulfiram (Antabuse)

Nicotine dependence (cigarettes or smokeless tobacco):

    • Buproprion (Zyban)
    • Varenicline tartrate (Chantrix)

          Cocaine abuse or dependence:

    • Modafinil (Provigil)
    • Baclofen
    • Disulfiram (Antabuse)


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Behavioral addictions:  Early clinical trials are showing benefits from medication-assisted treatment for some problematic behaviors such as compulsive gambling, shopping, or Internet use.