ASAM Pocket Guidelines and Patient Guide

ASAM Opioid Patient Guide 2020

ASAM Opioid Addiction Treatment GUIDELINES Apps and Pocket Guides brought to you courtesy of Guideline Central. Enjoy!

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 4 of 19

5 Treatment Plan • After discussing the assessment results and treatment choices with the clinician, it's time to develop the full 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 • Medications: usually methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone for opioid use disorder • Treatment schedule • Counseling plan • Recovery support services • Patient commitment to cooperate with treatment • Risks of relapse and other safety concerns. Patient Participation • Patient engagement in treatment and recovery improves outcomes. Treatment should be long term, since addiction is a chronic disease. For this reason, it is important that patients work with the clinicians to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their needs and goals. • Patients should expect to be treated with respect and dignity and have their concerns listened to when starting or changing the treatment plan. • To avoid health problems, patients must let their clinicians know about any other medications they are taking or if they drink alcohol. This is very important – certain medications and alcohol can cause major problems with treatment medications. • Common patient responsibilities include: • Keeping all appointments • Providing samples for drug testing on a regular basis • Taking medications as prescribed • Using only medications that are prescribed • Allowing and encouraging involvement of supportive family and friends • Avoiding persons, places and situations that may put them at risk of relapse.

Articles in this issue

view archives of ASAM Pocket Guidelines and Patient Guide - ASAM Opioid Patient Guide 2020