SAMHSA Issues New Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPS) on Hepatitis and Chronic Pain

TIP 53: Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People with Substance Use Disorders

This TIP was developed to assist behavioral health professionals who treat people with substance abuse problems in understanding the implications of a diagnosis of hepatitis. The TIP discusses screening, diagnosis, and referrals and explains how to evaluate a program’s hepatitis practices.

TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

TIP 54 was developed to help equips clinicians with practical guidance and tools for treating chronic pain in adults with a history of substance abuse. The document discusses chronic pain management, including treatment with opioids, and offers information about substance abuse assessments and referrals.

Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – December 2011 & January 2012