Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction can speed recovery and save lives. What does it take for clinics to incorporate MAT programs into primary care settings?
Recovery Within Reach: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction Comes to Primary Care (611 K)
Primary Care Buprenorphine Programs: Ten Elements of Success (461 K)
Buprenorphine: Everything You Need to Know (541 K)
The treatment of addiction is widely misunderstood, and the disease remains clouded in stigma and shame. Addiction to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, is at epidemic levels in the US, yet only 10% of those who need help with treatment for substance use can access it. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) — treatment that combines medication with behavioral health services — has been proven to save lives and increase recovery rates.
Recovery Within Reach: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction Comes to Primary Care explores several options for expanding access to MAT (specifically, buprenorphine) for those who are addicted to opioids, and provides recommendations for California clinics and primary care practices.
Experts interviewed for this paper identified 10 elements common to successful primary care buprenorphine programs:
The full report, as well as a one-page handout describing the 10 elements of success, is available under Document Downloads.
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