Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that can be brought to bear. Two effective medications, methadone and buprenorphine, are approved by the FDA to treat opioid addiction. These medications, when taken at the proper dose as part of treatment, help patients feel normal (not "high"), block the effects of heroin, free patients from the daily grind of heroin use and permit them to function in society. A third effective medication, called naltrexone, is FDA-approved to prevent relapse. It is a pure opioid blocker that can be taken daily by mouth or monthly by injection. No single treatment is right for everyone, and therefore these effective treatments must be available in the community and in local jails to anyone who needs and wants them.