Building a therapeutic relationship with people with substance use disorders is critical when supporting them on their journey to health.
Treating people with opioid use disorder can be the most rewarding part of being a primary care clinician.
In this week’s podcast from “The Curbsiders” I talk about how to get comfortable with counseling patients with opioid use disorder, as well as highlighting important tips on pharmacotherapy for opioid use disorder.
The key points I discuss in the podcast are:
1.)The importance of building a therapeutic relationship with people with substance use disorders.
2.)The differences between the three FDA-approved medications for opioid use disorder (buprenorphine, methadone and extended-release naltrexone).
3.)The details of prescribing buprenorphine.