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ASAM Opioid Patient Guide 2020

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© 2020 American Society of Addiction Medicine. All rights reserved. 6 Counseling • Counseling is an important part of treatment for many patients and is usually recommended with medications. • Counseling should be provided by a qualified clinician. Patients may receive counseling in the same place where they receive medication or in another location. • Counseling helps patients address personal, social or other problems that may contribute to their addiction. Examples can be: • Increasing motivation for treatment and recovery • Difficult situations at work or home • Building a support system of people who are supportive of recovery • All of the clinicians involved in patient treatment should work together to coordinate care. • In addition to counseling, patients are encouraged to join support groups that include others who are also in recovery. • Counseling and support groups are not limited to the patient. There are also many counseling services and support groups for family and friends of those dealing with addiction. Remember, addiction affects friends and family as well. Support from Family and Friends • Families and friends can play a key role in supporting their loved ones to achieve a long-lasting recovery. • It is very important that patients avoid the people, places and other things that trigger their desire to use alcohol or drugs. They also need to learn how to respond to those triggers without using alcohol or drugs. Friends and family can provide support and encouragement throughout this process.

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