Opioid Addiction Treatment Patient Guide

A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends

Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Last Updated: September 16, 2022



Addiction is a chronic medical illness that affects millions of people all over the world, as well as their families and communities. In 2018, about 2.1 million Americans ages 12 or older had an opioid use disorder (an active opioid addiction). Like diabetes or heart disease, there is no cure for addiction. But it can be managed, and people with addiction can and do recover.

There are treatments available that are proven to be safe and effective. Treatment provided by trained clinicians can lead to a healthier way of life, free from the symptoms of addiction. This healthy way of life is referred to as recovery. Treatment with a medication along with counseling and other support is often the most effective choice for opioid addiction.

This document provides facts about treatment from The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) – the leading medical society for addiction treatment. Learn more about ASAM at www.ASAM.org.