Recovery Program Topics from the Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment Curriculum (FREE)

Below is a partial list of recovery topics from the Matrix treatment curriculum. Matrix was developed using government grants, is free to all U.S. citizens, and is widely distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was developed for stimulant use disorders, but is appropriate for use in the treatment of all substance addictions including opiate dependency. You can download a free copy of the Matrix Client Handbook here. 

  • Motivation For Recovery
  • Total Abstinence
  • Work and Recovery
  • Coping with Guilt and Shame
  • Staying Busy
  • Truthfulness
  • Anticipating & Preventing Relapse
  • Defining Spirituality
  • Managing Life; Managing Money
  • Emotional Triggers
  • Recognizing Stress
  • Reducing Stress
  • Managing Anger
  • Acceptance
  • Making New Friends
  • Repairing Relationships
  • Coping With Feelings of Depression
  • Coping With Drug Dreams
  • Managing Time
  • Holidays and Recovery
  • Recreational Activities



Anger Management Workbook for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients (FREE)

This guidebook provides an overview of anger management concepts & techniques. Anger is a powerful emotion which, if not adequately managed, can derail an individual's ability to think rationally or make appropriate choices in the moment (ex. remaining drug free). The Anger Management Workbook introduces readers to things that can trigger anger, and teaches skills for coping effectively with powerful emotions. The workbook is a publication of SAMHSA and may be downloaded for free. The workbook contents include … 

  • Overview of Anger Management
  • Events and Cues
  • Anger Control Plans
  • The Aggression Cycle
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Assertiveness and Conflict Resolution
  • Anger and The Family
  • Closing and Graduation

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Methadone Information Brochures (FREE)

Listed below is a sampling of interesting & informative brochures on methadone, Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT), and recovery. These brochures can be viewed & printed courtesy of Addiction Treatment Forum (click this link to visit their site).

  • Introducing the Road to Recovery
  • What is Success in Methadone Treatment
  • Understanding Methadone Clinic Rules
  • Getting Started on Methadone
  • How Much Methadone is Enough
  • Using Methadone Safely
  • Methadone Interaction with Other Drugs
  • Dealing with Pain
  • Methadone and Mental Functioning
  • Methadone and Pregnancy
  • Telling Others about Methadone Treatment
  • Helping Your Loved One in Methadone Treatment





In my solo practice, which is mostly made up of buprenorphine patients, I don’t take insurance as payment. The patient pays me at the time of the visit, and I give them a receipt with the necessary codes so that they can submit a claim to their insurance company. Ideally [...]
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Many of my patients have asked me if their medication also treats depression, since they noticed a lifting of their mood after starting buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for the treatment of their opioid addiction. I told them I thought they felt less depression because their brains no longer are in the [...]
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
In recent blog entries, I’ve discussed the pros and cons of allowing buprenorphine-prescribing physicians to have more than one hundred patients at a time. In my view, increased access to treatment of opioid addiction is essential, and could be accomplished by allowing OBOT (office-based opioid treatment) doctors to see more [...]
Sun, Jan 11, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
I was just reading an email thread about an appalling opinion piece published in the Baltimore Sun newspaper. I’m not going to give a link, because it was full of misinformation about methadone and its use treating opioid addiction. For example, the author of this piece of tripe talks about [...]
Sat, Jan 03, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
It’s the holiday season, and many of us are blessed with loving and caring families, with whom we will share delightful hours of blissful conversation. However, for some addicts in recovery, families can be…challenging. Many people in recovery have done things to their families during active addiction that they are [...]
Wed, Dec 24, 2014
Source: Dr. Jana Burson