Decisions in Recovery: A New Tool to Help Make Important Decisions About Treatment and Recovery From Opioid Use Disorder

SAMHSA has released an online, interactive, shared decisionmaking tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder. The Decisions in Recovery web-based tool and its accompanying handbook are designed to help people learn about treatment options for opioid use disorder so they can work with their health care providers in deciding what might work best for them.

Decisions in Recovery is primarily designed for individuals with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder and their service providers. It can also be used by health officials, policymakers, and other members of the community involved in the problem of opioid use disorder.

This interactive, decisionmaking support tool includes a number of exciting features:

  • Easy-to-understand information about three primary medications used for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder (methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone) along with their outcomes, risks, and benefits.
  • Tools to help individuals in recovery identify and consider personal goals and preferences for their unique situations.
  • Brief videos of recovery stories that provide a range of views and experiences from individuals in recovery and from service providers.
  • Downloadable worksheets to assist anyone on their recovery journey.

Explore the tool and other related informatino in the Opioid Resources section of this website.