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Treatment and Recovery

Every individual has a unique path that has led to his or her substance use disorder and every individual also has his or her own recovery story. There is no one size fits all treatment. However, there are evidence- based treatments such as MAT –medication assisted treatment that dramatically increases an individual’s chances of recovery while reducing the risk of overdose. All treatment programs should have available medication assisted treatment. In addition to MAT, behavioral and psychological treatment is considered an essential part of any treatment plan.

Patient Resources and Support Groups 

Evidenced Based Treatment — Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorders

MAT is the use of medications in conjunction with counseling to treat substance use disorders, primarily addiction to opioids. Treatment with MAT improves survival and retention in treatment. These medications usually include methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone. Methadone treatment requires that patients be referred to a methadone clinic. Doctors cannot prescribe methadone to treat opioid use disorder.

Recovery Research Institute: The Recovery Research Institute is a non-profit research institute of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School. The website offers addiction and recovery resources for both professionals and the general public.

Breaking the Cycle Newsletter- Harvard Health Newsletter

Indicators of Effective Addiction Programs

Treatment Resources in Massachusetts


Knowing where and how to access treatment for patients with opioid use disorder as soon as possible is critical.


Recovery Services

MASS Methadone Programs and Buprenorphine/Suboxone Providers

The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment locator

Project RESPECT at Boston Medical Center


Provides a unique service of comprehensive obstetric and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant women and their newborns in Massachusetts. 


Are you interested in becoming a buprenorphine/suboxone provider?


Learn more about where and how to take the waiver course

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –SAMSHA
Buprenorphine Training for Physicians

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)


Additional Training and Clinical Support for Buprenorphine Prescribers 

Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS)


Treating Special Populations with Opioid Use Disorder

Pregnancy/ Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Guidelines on Opioid Use in Pregnancy Released by ACOG

Provider’s Clinical Support System (PCSS) 
Module: “Opioid Dependence in Pregnancy: Clinical Challenges”  (40 minutes)  

Provider’s Clinical Support System (PCSS)
Webinar: “Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the General Pediatrician"

Provider’s Clinical Support System (PCSS) 
Module: “Treating Women for Opioid Dependence During Pregnancy and the Post Partum Period: The Importance of Science and Clinical Care Informing Each Other”

NIDA: Treatment for Pregnant Mother and Babies

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: NEJM article

Centers of Excellence in NAS Care Designation

Caring for Babies with Opioid Withdrawal

Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants

Opioid Use Disorder in Teens

Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Boston Children’s Hospital

Screening tools for Substance Use Disorders in Adolescence

Pediatric Primary Care Could be Key to Solving Teen Opioid Crisis

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Teens Should Increase Use of Medication Assisted Treatment

Addressing Stigma in Medication Assisted Treatment in Adolescents with Opioid Use Disorder

Recovery High Schools are public schools where students can earn a high school diploma and are supported in their recovery from alcohol and drug use.

Recovery High Schools in Massachusetts

Recovery Campus-Resources Directed to College Students in Recovery

Association of Recovery in Higher Education

Criminal Justice Population

All people who are incarcerated must have access to treatment of substance use disorders. If they need treatment it should be provided while involved with the criminal justice system and all forms of treatment should be available.

Treating Opioid Addiction in Criminal Justice Settings

Why it’s Inappropriate Not to Treat Incarcerated Patients with Opioid Agonist Therapy

Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder

One State Takes a Novel Approach to Addiction: Access to Treatment for All Inmates


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