“When DATA 2000 was passed, the office-based treatment it created was envisioned as another option for opioid-addicted people. There was, and still is, a large gap between the numbers of people in the U.S. who need medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and the number of treatment slots available at traditional opioid treatment programs. DATA 2000, it was hoped, would create treatment slots to shrink that gap.
Just like with other chronic diseases, opioid addiction exists on a continuum. Some opioid addicts get to treatment only after they’ve lost everything, have serious co-occurring mental health issues, and have few emotional supports. Others are able to reach for help earlier in the course of addiction, have no co-occurring mental health issues, and a supportive network of friends and family. One form of treatment doesn’t fit all patients.
Prescribers of medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction should use the ASAM criteria when deciding which level of care is most appropriate.”
Source: Jana Burson – MD – November 3, 2014