Medication Assisted Treatment

Evidence Ranking: Proven

In this featured collection, we put a spotlight on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD). Research has proven that MAT is an evidence-based strategy for treating individuals with OUD; individuals who use MAT as part of their treatment and recovery plan are more likely to be retained in treatment and to have fewer adverse events such as opioid overdose and opioid overdose mortality.

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Spotlight: Recovery Reinvented

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

First Lady of North Dakota Kathryn Helgaas Burgum created Recovery Reinvented to end the shame and stigma that often accompanies people in recovery from addiction. As a person in long term recovery herself, she saw the need to empower people to seek help by openly talking about addiction and reality of recovery. Recovery Reinvented holds events in North Dakota with the goal of ending shame and stigma and creating recovery supportive communities. This report is part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Stigma and Negative Stereotypes

Despite the overwhelming evidence that medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are effective at treating opioid use disorder, objections to medication assisted treatment (MAT) are still common. The resources in this collection are intended to help dispell the myths and negative stereotypes about MAT.

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Stigma Free West Virginia

Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health

Website for Stigma Free West Virginia which works to reduce stigma around individuals with substance use disorders. Includes information about what stigma is and how it affects individual’s and community’s ability to treat substance use disorder and recover from addiction. Includes stories of recovery and links to relevant resources.

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Stigma Free West Virginia: Training and Evaluation Resources

Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health

Stigma Free West Virginia works to reduce the stigma around individuals with substance use disorder to improve treatment and recovery from addiction. This website provides training and evaluation resources to be used when conducting anti-stigma trainings. Includes links to 6 training videos.

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Opioid Use Disorder – A Guide for Stigma Reduction Efforts

Source: Arizona Rethink RX Abuse

This 2 page guide from the ReThink Rx Initiative in Arizona defines stigma and explains why we must address stigma in order to have an impact on the opioid and addiction crisis. It also describes 8 steps individuals and organizations can take to reduces stigma.

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Reversing the Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Source: NBC Left Field

A 10 minute video with the purpose of educating people about opioid addiction and medication assisted treatment (MAT) with a focus on reducing stigma around the disease. Two physicians in Portland, Oregon are featured along with a young woman who successfully treated her opioid use disorder (OUD) with MAT and coordinated services through Project Nurture.

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Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Source: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

This 2016 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describes the history of stigma around mental health and substance use disorders, explains how stigma hinders the ability to treat these conditions, and provides recommendations for government strategies to reduce stigma. Other chapters describes

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