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





Michigan: Last week, a federal judge ruled the lawsuit against Macomb County, Michigan, and against county Sherriff Anthony Wickersham could go forward. The lawsuit was filed by the family of David Stojcevski, who died several weeks into a jail sentence given to him for unpaid traffic tickets. The autopsy showed he [...]
Sat, Nov 28, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
It’s nearly Thanksgiving, so to celebrate, I wanted to re-run a post about what recovery means to me. Hopefully my readers can add to this list: Recovery means… ….taking the worst and most embarrassing thing in my life and turning it into my greatest asset. ….becoming less judgmental of other people. ….remaining teachable. ….having more [...]
Tue, Nov 24, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Another one of my patients was denied coverage for his buprenorphine treatment because he’s still using marijuana. I’ve written about this kind of situation before, and I have mixed feelings. It was time for me to fill out this patient’s prior authorization form, which must be completed every year, before for the [...]
Mon, Nov 16, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
About a month ago, the FDA accepted the re-submission of Probuphine, an implantable preparation of buprenorphine, for review. New Phase III studies apparently showed this form of buprenorphine to be “non-inferior” to existing products presently on the market. As you may recall from my previous blog entry from May 21, 2013, [...]
Sat, Nov 07, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
I know why addicts inject buprenorphine (Subutex): they think it saves them money. Over the long run, however, I doubt that’s true, given the hidden costs of addiction. Buprenorphine has a relatively low bioavailability, at around 30%, when taken sublingually (under the tongue). This means only 30% of the total [...]
Sun, Nov 01, 2015
Source: Dr. Jana Burson