Every 16 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies from an opioid overdose. Like other chronic diseases, opiate use disorder (OUD) can be treated. The most effective therapy, called medication-assisted treatment (MAT), combines cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) with medications. Despite MAT’s demonstrated effectiveness, many people do not have access to this therapy. This training will not promote any one method of MAT but will give information about each method’s effectiveness and how they can help to reduce accidental overdoses.
To provide knowledge for counselors on how to assess if their clients are appropriate for Medication Assisted Treatment for Opiate Use Disorders.
To present specific, objective and measurable ways Medication Assisted Treatment is used as an evidence-based substance use disorder treatment method.
To facilitate discussion about stigmas that mental health professionals may hold around opiate use disorders which can contribute to treatment barriers for clients experiencing an opiate use disorder.
Coordinator of Substance Use Disorder Concentration,
John Carroll University
Professor, Counselor Educator,
John Carroll University Dept. of Counseling