Part Four of this Treatment Improvement Protocol is for addiction treatment professionals and peer recovery support specialists who work with individuals who take an FDA-approved medication for OUD—methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine.
These providers have direct helping relationships with clients. They don’t prescribe or administer OUD medications, but they interact with healthcare professionals who do. They also help people who take OUD medication access supportive services (e.g., transportation, child care, housing).
These addiction professionals and peer recovery support specialists help clients recover by addressing the challenges and consequences of addiction. Because OUD is often a chronic illness, ongoing communication helps patients more fully benefit from both pharmacotherapy and psychosocial treatment and support. Supportive counseling environments for clients who take OUD medication can promote treatment and help build recovery capital.
This course is based upon material published in the SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol 63 and is available as an open access article.
This course on opioid use disorder treatment is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of treatments for opioid use disorder. The course material includes a review of treatment settings. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
Authors: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding medications used to treat opioid use disorder. Specifically, a professional will:
- Describe how OUD medications work
- Identify counselor-prescriber communication strategies
- Recognize methods for creating a supportive counseling experience
Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Medications for Opioid Use Disorder. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 63, Part 4: Partnering Addiction Treatment Counselors with Clients and Healthcare Professionals. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-5063PT4. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018.
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