Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Published: Monday 19th of December 2016
This decision support tool is for people who want information about the role of medications in treating opioid use disorder. You can use the tool to help you:
- Learn about medication-assisted treatment;
- Compare your treatment options;
- Decide which options are best for you and your recovery; and
- Discuss your preferences with your provider.
This decision support tool does not:
- Substitute for or replace professional advice;
- Endorse any particular pathway to recovery;
- Direct people’s treatment choices;
- Tell you what to do; or
- Have all the answers.
No single approach works for everyone. This decision support tool may help you make informed choices about treatment for opioid use disorder and find an approach that is right for you.
Is this decision support tool for you? This site is for people looking for information and also for people close to them, who may be:
- Misusing pain medication, using narcotics, heroin, or other opioid drugs;
- Considering getting help for opioid use disorder; or
- Considering medications that help with recovery from opioid use disorder.
If any of the statements below apply, you are probably in the right place.
- I have been told medications may help me stop using opioids.
- I just want information.
- I don’t want to stop using now, but maybe someday I will.
- I have tried to stop several times.
- I am reluctant to use medications because I want to be able to do this on my own.
- I want a medication to help me through withdrawal.
- I want to stop using with the help of medication, but I am not sure which one.
- I am under pressure to stop using.
- I have chronic pain and opioids have become a problem for me.
- I am pregnant and want to stop using opioids.
- I am pregnant and my doctor has recommended I start medication for opioid use disorder.
- I am working with someone who wants to stop using opioids.