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Pathways to Healing and Recovery: Perspectives from Individuals with Histories of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Authors of this 2010 report convened 4 focus groups and conducted 9 in depth interviews with individuals in recovery to document their perspectives on the process. The report describes many recovery pathways, identifies different terminology used by individuals in recovery, and identifies barriers to and

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Recovery in the 21st Century Graphic

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Recovery Research Institute

This 1 page briefing paper summarizes the findings from a study of participants in In the Rooms, an online social network site for the recovery community. The study showed that recovery-specific social network sites show promise as part of the modern recovery community. More research into whether these sites help

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit: Survivor Story – Louie

Source: National Safety Council

This resource tells the story of a mother whose son Louie began using opioids after a football injury and soon developed opioid use disorder and began using heroin. One month after his second stay in rehabilitation, Louie fatally overdosed on heroin. His mother now advocates on his behalf and shares his story with

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit: Survivor Story – Skye

Source: National Safety Council

Skye began her opioid use at age 13 after dental surgery and eventually developed a heroin addiction and a long arrest record. With the help of her family, Skye completed treatment, worked as a peer mentor and overdose prevention counselor, and now is therapist and assistant director of a counseling program that

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit: Survivor Story – Sally

Source: National Safety Council

Sally’s story details her opioid use, which began following dental surgery at 14 and escalated into adulthood until she lost her job and was no longer able to support herself. At age 20, she began 3 years of treatment and relapses and became stabilized and in recovery after joining a methadone treatment program.

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit: Survivor Story – Ken

Source: National Safety Council

A first person story about opioid user Ken whose workplace injury led to a four year addiction to pain killers. Through Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Ken is on the road to recovery.

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Prescription Drug Community Action Kit: Survivor Story – Bill

Source: National Safety Council

This resource is a first person story about an individual, Bill, who took prescription opioids for severe lower back pain and unintentionally overdosed when his physician switched his medication from hydrocodone to methadone to address tolerance. Bill didn’t realize methadone accumulates slowly and remains in the

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Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

Source: State of Washington

This website presents the Six Building Blocks program for primary care teams who want to improve their practice’s management of patients on long term opioid therapy for chronic pain. It defines the Six Building Blocks and provides tools and resources for improving patient care as well as implementation guidance for the program.

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Rx Pain Medications: Prescription Pain Medication Agreement

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

One strategy for improving safe opioid prescribing is to have the patient and the health care provider enter into a prescription pain medication agreement. This sample agreement from SAMHSA can be used as is or adapted as needed.

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