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 was sent a link to this article that made my day: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/07/26/mainefocus/aclu-lawsuit-demands-maine-man-get-addiction-treatment-in-jail/ This article reports that the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has taken the case of a man in recovery on medication-assisted treatment who must serve a nine-month jail sentence starting in September in Maine. This man, Zachary Smith, has [...]
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
In the February 22, 2018 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Lembke and others wrote a perspective article about benzodiazepines, titled, “Our Other Prescription Drug Problem.” The authors voiced concerns that amidst all the attention being given to opioid use disorders and opioid overdose deaths, we are ignoring [...]
Wed, Aug 08, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Liquid methadone I spend much time and effort explaining how medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder works for many people. It occurred to me that I should explain who isn’t a good candidate for such treatment. I enthusiastically support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder, but no treatment works [...]
Tue, Jul 31, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
First of all, I know the gif doesn’t have anything to do with this blog post, but I thought it was really cool, and I like langurs. It looks like he’s really enjoying his day. I’m re-running a blog entry from the past, since I got some interesting [...]
Mon, Jul 23, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
I’ve been thinking a lot about stigma lately. Recently I was asked to do a short presentation about stigma against people with substance use disorders. I thought I could put something together easily to satisfy the intended audience. But as I created power point slides with all the usual stuff, I dug [...]
Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson