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Decisions in Recovery: A new tool to help make decisions about treatment and recovery from opioid use disorder

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  has released an online, interactive, shared decision-making tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, an opioid use disorder. The Decisions in Recovery web-based tool and its accompanying handbook are designed to help people learn about treatment options so they can work with their health care providers in deciding what might work best for them.

Decisions in Recovery can also be used by service providers, health officials, policymakers, and other members of the community.

This interactive tool includes:

  • Easy-to-understand information about three primary medications used for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone) along with their outcomes, risks, and benefits.
  • Tools to help individuals in recovery identify and consider personal goals and preferences for their unique situations.
  • Brief videos of recovery stories that provide a range of views and experiences from individuals in recovery and from service providers.
  • Downloadable worksheets to assist anyone on their recovery journey.

This information was obtained from the following source:
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

There are many paths to recovery. Faces and Voices in Recovery has created a guide to help people understand what these paths might be and there is no one way to recover. Find the guide here.