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Learn more about how Advocates for Opioid Recovery is fighting for more long-term opioid survivors.

Our Mission
EVERY 16 MINUTES a person dies from the cycle of opioid addiction
deaths every single day.
rise in opioid addiction & overdose since 2000

Treatment with recovery medication is the most effective path to long-term recovery

More people completed a six-month treatment program when they used recovery medication


With recovery medication, buprenorphine


With placebo

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

Medication assisted treatment is the combination of behavioral interventions and medications to treat substance use disorders. It’s use has demonstrated efficacy in reducing illicit drug use, reducing deaths resulting from overdose, and improving retention in treatment programs. The FDA has approved several different medications to treat opioid addiction.

A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. MAT programs provide a safe and controlled level of medication to overcome the use of an abused opioid. And research has shown that when provided at the proper dose, medications used in MAT have no adverse effects on a person’s intelligence, mental capability, physical functioning, or employability.




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are dying waiting for access to opioid addiction treatment, with 80% of people suffering from an opioid addiction not receiving any treatment at all.


Stay up to date on news, policy, and AOR activities.

Advocates for Opioid Recovery Statement on Opioid Commission Interim Report

Advocates for Opioid Recovery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing a science-based, evidence-based treatment system that can reduce death and suffering from opioid addiction, and produce more long-term opioid addiction survivors who are positively engaged in their families and communities.

Newt Gingrich, Van Jones: Drug Courts Can Help Solve the Opioid Crisis

It is no secret that when it comes to politics, there is very little on which the two of us agree. But we both believe this: The opioid epidemic is now the greatest public health and public safety crisis facing this nation.

At Opioid Conference, Former Congressman Kennedy Says Stigma Persists

AOR Advisor Patrick J. Kennedy: "We know what the science tells us, but we very rarely apply it in the treatment of these illnesses," Kennedy said. He added: "Until we start treating these [illnesses] in the way we need to, we are going to still lose people."

Surgeon General’s Principles for Effective Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

The entire Chapter 4 of today’s Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health includes principles for effective treatment of addiction. With the Surgeon General’s endorsement, there should no longer be any debate about what evidence-based medicine for addiction treatment entails.


Be an advocate and help us rewrite the prescription for opioid addiction treatment

Follow the science and do your part to encourage the use of recovery medication.