Patient & Family Education RESOURCES

Patient/Family Education: General Overview

Though it would be difficult to bring together all useful resources for patient and family education on one website, we have tried to provide a set of useful tools divided into relevant categories including local MGH resources, as well as external resources divided into specific substance use disorders and also general addiction information, each of which can be filtered below.

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MGH Recovery Research Institute

Explanation and links to mutual help and peer support.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Materials for patients from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as well as useful FAQ on addiction basics

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

...that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Specific Addiction

Opioids: How to Use Nasal Narcan

Links to a video and brochure on how to use nasal narcan in the event of an opioid overdose

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Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy…

...In addition to its vital ongoing work, ONDCP also provides administrative and financial support to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, established by Executive Order on March 29, 2017 by President Donald J. Trump.

Specific Addiction

Alcohol : NIAAA

A wealth of pamphlets and brochures for patients and families prepared by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction.

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Opioids: Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care (TOPCARE)

Website created by Boston Medical Center with useful resources for patients

A website dedicated to providing critical resources to medical professionals involved in the treatment of chronic pain with opioids.

MGH Local Resources

Levels of Care Explained

Explanation of various levels of care

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