MOUD/MAT Stigma

People who use MOUD/MAT¹ confront stigma in different contexts.

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  Justice-Involved Board Provider and Payor Board   Young Adult Board  

What prevents MOUD/MAT from being accepted as legitimate recovery in different contexts: in recovery housing; in the justice system (e.g., treatment courts, law enforcement, prison staff); in treatment providers; in social networks?

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What policies and strategies have led to increased acceptance of MOUD/MAT in different contexts, and how can that be replicated?

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How does stigma around MOUD/MAT impact access to services and long-term outcomes for people using MOUD/MAT who are seeking and/or actively identifying as being in recovery? And how can recovery support services help?

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What are the best interventions recovery support services can use to help reduce stigma against MOUD/MAT? Is education alone sufficient?

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How well have treatment courts integrated MOUD/MAT into their programs? How does this impact effectiveness? And how can recovery support services within treatment courts help?

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Beyond recidivism and abstinence from substance use, what other elements can be considered as benchmarks to evaluate success along the recovery journey?

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How can MOUD/MAT and harm reduction be incorporated into measures of success?

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¹ MOUD: Medication for Opioid Use Disorder; MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment, also referred to as MAR: Medication Assisted Recovery