The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in Advances in Addiction & Recovery
Deaths from prescription opioid abuse have more than quadrupled since 1999, prompting President Donald Trump to declare the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. But while discussions around opioid abuse prevention have intensified, numerous barriers to recovery continue to exist.
For example, one of the most effective ways to combat opioid addiction is through medication-assisted treatment (MAT), an evidence-based approach that combines medication with psychosocial intervention. MAT empowers those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) to recover from their addiction while rebuilding their lives.
However, the stigma often related to MAT—on the part of both the medical community and addiction support professionals as well as family members of patients—continues to limit its use across the industry. Further, the need to educate communities and legislators about the complex issues surrounding addiction treatment cannot be overstated. Addiction should be considered a chronic condition, and such treatments need to be viewed the same way.
You can read the rest of the article on pages 24-25 in Advances in Addiction & Recovery.