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Module 9: Patient Education

August 2012
Author: IHIP




Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, a SPNS grantee and Brown University teaching affiliate, created a set of PowerPoint slides for the purpose of educating patients about opioid addiction and opioid addiction treatment. These slides are included as slides #31-54.*

*Note: In some instances, edits have been made to original slides for consistency in style and language.

Materials Needed

  • A computer and compatible LCD monitor to play PowerPoint slides
  • Printer.


  1. Give a brief introduction. Explain what motivated the clinic to consider integrating opioid-addiction treatment into your setting.

    It is recommended that the dyad team of prescribing physician and care coordinator ("glue person") participate in the patient education portion. This will help interested patients have both their clinical and social service-related questions answered, put a face to a name, and establish or strengthen their relationship with staff prior to any actual buprenorphine induction.

  2. If possible or available, ask a peer who has undergone buprenorphine treatment to briefly discuss his/her experience and identify any initial worries that were ultimately unfounded. If no peers are available, feel free to pull some testimonial quotes from earlier sections of this curriculum and earlier PowerPoint presentations.
  3. Let patients know there will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. Walk through each slide one by one. (The slides are designed to be straightforward and intuitive.)
  4. Give specific directions or a flyer outlining how patients can follow up to enroll/who to talk to.
  5. Provide printouts of useful information targeting consumers and their health literacy levels. You can create a printout customized to your own clinic or consider printing out some or all of the following helpful brochures and factsheets:*

    These documents allow patients to have resources at their disposal that they can review at their leisure.

Slides 31-54

What Are Opioids?

What Do Opioids Do?

What Do Opioids Do? (cont)

From Physical Dependence to Addiction

From Physical Dependence to Addiction (cont)

What Does It Feel Like to Be Opioid Dependent?

Addiction is a Brain Disease

You are not alone.

Treatment Works!!!


Methadone Maintenance

Already on Methadone?


Suboxone is a Two-Drug Combo

More About Buprenorphine

More About Buprenorphine (cont.)

For How Long Can I Take It?

Abstinence and Recovery

With Any Opioid Replacement...

Treatment Paths

Counseling and Talk Therapy

Self-help Groups: Proven Effective

The Best Teachers on the Road to Recovery...


** Note

These publications are non-Federal resources and are included in order to provide additional information to consumers. The views and content in these resources have not been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Listing these resources is not an endorsement by HHS or HRSA.

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