Making the Choice, Making It Work: An Opioid Agonist Therapy Handbook for Clients and Families

Jan 26, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm
About this Event:

Opioids are commonly prescribed to treat physical pain, and Canada is now the second highest consumer of opioids in the world. Although opioid prescriptions and oxycodone-related harms have decreased in Ontario since 2010, overall opioid-related harms, including fatal overdoses, have continued to rise. An effective treatment option for opioid addiction is opioid agonist therapy, which uses medication to prevent withdrawal and reduce cravings for opioids. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health recently released a handbook for people and family members about opioid agonist therapy in response to the importance of education.

Making the Choice, Making It Work: Treatment for Opioid Addiction provides information on opioid agonist therapy (OAT) such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone). The guide is a revision of CAMH’s very popular Methadone Maintenance Treatment Client Handbook. In order to update this resource, a rigorous engagement process was undertaken including consultations with clinicians, and focus groups and interviews with people with lived experience of opioid dependence.

This webinar will highlight the development process, including hearing first-hand from lived experience and clinical experts who contributed to the development of the handbook. Additionally, the webinar will provide some content from the handbook including practical tips for how nurses and other health-care professionals can engage people in meaningful therapeutic discussions. Finally the webinar will provide suggested areas for discussions that people should consider to support meaningful conversations with nurses and treatment providers and have more control in their care.


  • Provide an overview of the handbook development process
  • Learn first-hand from those involved in the process how expertise from clinicians and people with lived experience was incorporated into the handbook
  • Provide practical tips for nurses and health-care professionals on using this handbook with those who can benefit from it

Andrew Johnson, Manager, Client and Family Education & CAMH Publications, CAMH
Sean LeBlanc, person with lived experience
Tim Ominika, Wellness Case Manager, Nadmadwin Mental Health Clinic

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Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
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