Opioid addiction is a significant public health concern. Its effects on individuals, as well as populations, are costly and burdensome. This course is targeted to a broad healthcare audience, including individuals with either basic or more advanced levels of medication-assisted treatment experience. By clearly defining the scope of the problem and giving the definitions of opiates and the processes involved in opiate addiction, this training discusses the principles of effective medication-assisted addiction treatment, with special emphasis on assessing the opioid-addicted individual who seeks care.
Using various teaching tools, including instructive information and interactive exercises, this course will help you to formulate a plan of care, goals for recovery, and confidentiality guidelines for individuals seeking treatment in your own setting. Step-by-step guidelines derived from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction: Facts for families and friends” will further assist your learning and application of these concepts. This course is appropriate for anyone who may be involved with the treatment of opioid addiction.