Talking with Doctors and
Treatment Providers

Working with providers begins with an exchange of information. You describe your current situation, how you got there, and where you want to go. A competent provider will describe all your treatment options, including medications.

Federal and state regulations, codes of ethics, and practice guidelines regulate use of medications in addiction treatment. Methadone is dispensed daily, usually in single doses, only at approved opioid treatment programs. Limited take home dosing is permitted as treatment continues, and may become more frequent in long-term treatment, if progress is good. Doctors, who complete the required training and certification process, can prescribe buprenorphine for office-based treatment, or for clients of various treatment programs. Patients making satisfactory progress may receive a prescription to take at home for up to 30 days.

You can use the tool, Talking to a Provider, to help you get ready for your appointment.

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