Clients are often recommended to take medication to support recovery for severe opioid use disorders. Clients may also be prescribed medication for mood or anxiety disorder as treatment for a co-occurring disorder. Clients and some professionals often state taking medication for treatment is replacing one medication for another. Why may medication assisted treatment be important? What are benefits and potential risks for at least two of these medications? What education and resources can you provide? What professionals would you collaborate with to help the client make an informed decision about treatment options to include medication? Review NIDA Commonly Abused medications chart and SAMSHAs MAT resource in the study materials to inform your discussion.
This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standard: 5.C.1.d. Neurobiological and medical foundation and etiology of addiction and co-occurring disorders.