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© 2016 American Society of Addiction Medicine. All rights reserved. ASAM.org 4 TREATMENT OVERVIEW After the assessment, the clinician will discuss all recommended treatment options with the patient. Every patient situation is different, so choosing the best options is a shared decision between the patient and the clinician. There are three main choices for medication to treat opioid addiction: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. These medications are used along with counseling and other support. Treatment can occur in several different places or settings depending on the medication used, the patient's situation and other factors. Four broad treatment settings should be considered: ASAM Level 1 (outpatient), ASAM Level 2 (intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization), and ASAM Levels 3 and 4 (residential addiction treatment or hospital settings). It's important to discuss the many different treatment settings with the clinician to determine which is most appropriate. Treatment Plan • After discussing the assessment and treatment choices with the clinician, including the ASAM Level of Care, it's time to finish the treatment plan. • It is common for both the patient and clinician to sign an agreement about what to expect during treatment. This can include: treatment goals, which medications are used, treatment schedule, and counseling plan. • The treatment plan will also include: • Regular visits to the treatment center/clinician • Medications: usually methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone • Patient commitment to cooperate with treatment • Risks of relapse and other safety concerns.

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