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5 Patient Participation • Patient participation in treatment and recovery is shown to improve outcomes. Treatment will be ongoing, as addiction is a chronic disease. For this reason, an agreed upon treatment plan ahead of time is strongly recommended. • At the same time, a patient should expect to be treated with respect and dignity and have concerns listened to when starting or changing the treatment plan. • To avoid health problems, patients must share with clinicians any other medications they are taking or if they drink alcohol regularly. This is very important – certain medications and regular alcohol use can cause major problems with certain treatment medications. • Common patient responsibilities include: • Keeping all appointments • Agreeing to drug testing on a regular basis • Taking medications as prescribed • Only using drugs that are prescribed • Allowing and encouraging involvement of family and friends • Avoiding persons, places and situations that may cause a person to use a substance again after a period of not using—also known as relapse. Counseling • Counseling is an important part of treatment and is usually required with all medications. • Counseling should be done with a qualified clinician or health professional – this person will play an important role with the care team. Counseling may be done in the same place the medication is given, or by another clinician outside the treatment setting. • Counseling helps patients address personal, social or other problems that may contribute to their addiction. Examples can be: • Improving feelings of self-worth • Difficult situations at work or home • Spending time with people who use drugs or alcohol

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