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Solutions 2017-10-17T22:38:19+00:00

The current treatment system for opioid addiction in America is out of date, relying on obsolete information and beliefs regarding addiction and recovery. Advocates for Opioid Recovery is dedicated to removing the stigma surrounding addiction, breaking down regulatory, legislative, and ideological barriers that prevent access to evidence-based treatment, and ensuring that opioid addiction is treated like any other disease.

Recovery education

Real disease requires real medicine

Eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction and evidence-based recovery treatment

Expand treatment capacity

Treatment not tragedy

Expand evidence-based treatment capacity including the number of providers medically trained to provide recovery medication

Improve insurance coverage

Parity now

Remove insurance barriers to meaningful evidence-based treatment, including comprehensive MAT that includes counseling and social support

Criminal justice reform

More patients, less prisoners

Promote evidence-based treatment in the criminal justice system

Government advocacy

Inform policy with science

Improve government policymaking to support evidence-based recovery treatments

“The NIH, the World Health Organization and countless medical societies say that medication assisted treatment is essential to long term recovery.”
– Newt Gingrich

Opioid overdose is now outpacing car crashes as the #1 cause of accidental death in America. Nearly 80% of people with an opioid addiction – over 1.9 million people – do not receive treatment, leading to a 400% increase in opioid-related deaths since 2000. Individuals who are unable to access appropriate treatment for opioid use disorders are at substantial risk for substance use disorder, criminal activity, infectious disease including HIV and hepatitis, overdose and premature death.

“It’s hard enough when someone is addicted for them to finally say ‘I want help. I need help.’ That is supposed to be the victory, when that is often the beginning of the nightmare. ” – Van Jones

Using the following strategies, we are working to break down the barriers to treatment and produce more long-term opioid addiction survivors who are positively engaged in their communities.