Opioid use disorder is one of the most serious public health challenges facing our nation, affecting nearly 2.4 million Americans in 2015. Unfortunately, many who need treatment are not receiving it. Giving people access to information on treatment options could be the first step to entering treatment and recovery. One of these treatment approaches is medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines approved medication with recovery support, lifestyle changes, and professional treatment.
SAMHSA’s new online tool, Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, helps people with opioid use disorder learn about using MAT treatment options to strengthen their recovery. This tool features content on the stages of medication-assisted recovery, how to build a recovery support team, and recovery resources.
Using Decisions in Recovery, you can explore and compare MAT treatment options and, together with a healthcare provider, decide which options are best for individual recovery. The tool provides comprehensive information about each medication, including a side-by-side comparison chart, as well as information about pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and drug interactions. The tool’s interactive self-assessments and downloadable worksheets help you identify and consider your values and preferences regarding available treatment options for opioid use disorder. You can also access a Treatment Locator to help you find a local treatment provider.
An extensive video library within the tool features people in recovery sharing their MAT recovery journeys, tips on what to expect, and how to communicate with healthcare providers. It also includes videos of healthcare providers discussing MAT.
Decisions in Recovery is part of SAMHSA’s commitment to promote shared decision-making between people and their healthcare providers to improve behavioral health outcomes. As part of SAMHSA’s response to the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic, Decisions in Recovery helps patients and healthcare providers educate themselves, have more effective conversations, and make informed decisions together. We hope that Decisions in Recovery will make MAT and a life in recovery—with health, home, purpose, and community—accessible to more Americans, helping to close the treatment gap and save lives.
The online version of Decisions in Recovery is accompanied by a downloadable handbook to assist with MAT options.