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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Sat, Jun 01, 2019
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Although my blog is dedicated to opioid use disorder and its treatment with medications, this blog is about the importance of stopping smoking. I was listening to the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s annual review course from 2018, and while I listened to the lecture of nicotine use, became convinced I [...]
Sun, May 19, 2019
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Harm Reduction Cat What happens when harm reduction tenets clash with actual patient experience? That’s my recent dilemma. Our opioid treatment center is blessed to have an organization that comes to our facility to do free testing for HIV and Hepatitis B and C. They also do needle [...]
Sat, May 04, 2019
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