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



 

 

 

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I’ve written this blog article several times. I deleted one version because it sounded too mean, and another version because it was too shallow and unrealistic. It’s a difficult subject. Talking about people with substance use disorder who lie has potential to feel accusatory and judgmental, but lying is part [...]
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
It looks like 2017 is going to be the year of governmental solutions to the opioid use disorder problem. I blogged last week about the regulation passed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Now there’s a proposed bill making its way through the NC legislature, advocating new laws to help solve [...]
Mon, Mar 06, 2017
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
In a surprising turn of events, last week the Virginia Board of Medicine passed regulations applying to the prescribing of buprenorphine not only in office-based settings, but also in opioid treatment programs. At a time when many governmental agencies are trying to figure out ways to keep people from dying from [...]
Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Avid readers of my blog will recognize the following as a re-run, but I’m feeling under the weather this week, from a virus that’s been circulating in the community: JB: Please tell me about your experience with pain pill addiction and your experiences with buprenorphine (Suboxone). XYZ: For me, my opiate [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
“We will not regret, nor wish to shut the door on it.” This was a tough blog to write. I want to thread the needle; I want to relate some solid help from 12-step recovery sources without angering some of my faithful readers who become angry with any mention of 12 [...]
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: Dr. Jana Burson