In 2014, the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT) solicited response to an online survey to assess the challenges of opioid addiction treatment; 606 people with opioid addiction responded. Survey results indicate that many patients face challenges and difficulties that negatively impact their addiction treatment. A dialogue between the patient and physician is important to determine which of the various treatment plans may be appropriate. These Patient and Physician Discussion Guides are based on the NAABT survey results and can be used to help start this important conversation.*
The medical information in these guides is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment by a licensed healthcare provider.
*Both guides were created with the cooperation of a medical communications firm and supported by a grant from BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. Other materials authored by NAABT,Inc. can be assumed to have no similar associations unless specifically noted.
To suppress the debilitating symptoms of cravings and withdrawal, enabling the patient to engage in therapy, counseling and support, so they can implement positive long-term changes in their lives which develops into the new healthy patterns of behavior necessary to achieve sustained addiction remission. - explain -