Opioid dependence is a national problem. There are some terrific resources to help you better understand the alternatives for treatment and recovery. Please look through some of the selected documents and links below.
The federal government has set up an agency to address substance abuse issues generally, and opioid abuse specifically. Its called the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) and its website contains some helpful information. Below is a link to a brochure they developed for family and friends, some results from their latest surveys, and a new website they developed to help people better understand Medication Assisted Treatment.
The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT) has a website with a lot of educational material to help understand opioid dependence and addiction. It also includes some excellent materials that help to explain how Suboxone and buprenorphine treatment works. Please see the links below to some of the key pages.
Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) is a prescription medication that will reverse an overdose to opioids. The State of Maryland has been very aggressive at promoting the accessibility to naloxone. Please take a look at the Behavioral Health Administration's website to learn more about naloxone. Ask your MATClinic doctor for a prescription.
SAMHSA Survey Results
Find out about the results of the latest SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Survey.
Dependence vs Addiction
Understand the difference between dependence and addiction with substances.
Explore some of the most frequently asked questions (and answers!) that people have about Buprenorphine.