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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This letter was published in the Raleigh News & Observer last week, about insurance coverage for treatment of opioid use disorder. It was written by Alex Gertner, an MD/PhD student at University of Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I know Alex from his [...]
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
I had another blog post ready to go this week, but I’m postponing it to blog about another situation. So far this year, two well-known and respected Addiction Medicine physicians have had their offices raided by the DEA. The first one occurred in March of this year. Dr. Stuart Gitlow, the past [...]
Tue, Jun 12, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
This book will stay on my bookshelf to read again; that’s the highest praise I can give any book. Any person interested in substance use disorders and recovery from substance use disorders will find the book interesting and informative. This is a memoir of the author’s drinking days and her forays [...]
Thu, Jun 07, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
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Tue, May 29, 2018
Source: Dr. Jana Burson
Every Friday at 6 pm at the Crossfire Biker’s church in North Wilkesboro, NC, people gather to attend a tiny meeting of Narcotics Anonymous, called the Brushy Mountain Group. It’s not a large meeting; only six to eight people are there on any given Friday. It’s not an old and established [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
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