The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released a consumer-focused guide to opioid addiction treatment, a publication that it is encouraging clinicians and pharmacists to share with patients.
Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends addresses assessment, treatment planning, counseling and the medications used to reverse overdose and to treat opioid dependence. It also offers information on locating treatment providers and support groups, including organizations such as the National Alliance of Methadone Advocates and the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment.
ASAM states in regard to the guide, “Providing this informative tool helps your patients feel more comfortable participating actively in their treatment, which can greatly improve results.”
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