Patient Guide & Resources

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Patient Guide & Resources

Addiction is a worldwide problem that affects many different people, their families, and communities. In 2014, about 435,000 Americans ages 12 or older reported currently using heroin, and 4.3 million reported nonmedical use of prescription opioids. Addiction is a chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, meaning there is no cure. But addiction can be managed, and people with addiction can, and do, recover.

Treatment using safe and helpful methods provided by trained clinicians can lead to a healthy, positive way of life. This healthy way of life is referred to as recovery. Treatment with a medication along with counseling and other support is often the most effective choice for opioid addiction and part of recovery.

Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

This patient guide includes information on assessment, treatment overview (including treatment plans, patient participation, and counseling), and all the medications available to treatment opioid use and overdose. It also provides links to find a provider and support groups for patients and families.

This guide is a useful tool for clinicians to provide to their patients and their families, along with a resource for pharmacies and patient groups looking to inform people about their options to treat the challenging disease of addiction involving opioid use.

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For bulk orders or customized printing of the guide contact Chris at 386-383-4296 and

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Patient and Family Support Groups

This is not a complete list. Listing here does not mean the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) endorses any of the organizations.

Some support groups are for people with substance use disorders, and others allow families and friends to attend meetings or have separate meetings for them.

Dual Recovery Anonymous   913-991-2703

LifeRing   800-811-4142

Narcotics Anonymous 

National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates  212-595-NAMA (6262)

Rational Recovery  530-621-4374

Secular Organizations for Sobriety  323-666-4295

SMART Recovery  866-951-5357

Women for Sobriety, Inc.  215-536-8026

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is the leading professional society representing physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. This our patient and public resource page.