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Intergrating the Twelve Steps with Medication-Assisted TreatmentCOR-12™ Leadership Training

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Integrating the Twelve Steps with Medication-Assisted
Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

This three-day training program will provide your leadership and clinical teams with the knowledge, skills, and tools to successfully implement a comprehensive plan for treating opioid use disorders within your health-care system.

Training Objectives  |  3-day Agenda


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Recommended for teams of 3-5 members.
Ideal for Agency Leadership, Clinical and Medical Directors,
Physician and Nursing Heads

The Comprehensive Opioid Response with the Twelve Steps (COR-12™) embraces the latest and best research that indicates certain medications can be used to improve treatment engagement and future recovery outcomes for people with opioid use disorders. Learn how to integrate the use of these medications with the evidence-based Twelve Step facilitation model to form the foundation of a unique new approach that provides long-term, wraparound services individualized to an opioid-dependent patient's needs.

OBJECTIVES: Your team will be able to:

State of the Problem

  • Provide current data to their constituents on the opioid epidemic in their state and the need for expanded treatment services in your system of care
  • Explain the basic pharmacology and  implications associated with opioid medication-assisted therapy (MAT)
  • Cite research supporting MAT and its use as an adjunct to long-term engagement in treatment and recovery
  • Counteract stigma that surrounds both opioid addiction and treatment, paying careful attention to biased language

Evidence Based Solutions

  • Integrate MAT with other evidence-based therapies, including motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Twelve-Step facilitation, community reinforcement training, and contingency management.
  • Explain the process a patient and his/her family follows from pre-entry through treatment, transition to the next level of care, including participation in ongoing recovery support groups.
  • Evaluate and revise care for families who are affected by opioid addiction.
  • Understand the changes and processes needed to implement opioid use disorder treatment including the guiding principles for systems change.

Agency Leadership

  • Address implications for implementing MAT for opioid use disorder at the administrative, medical, clinical, recovery management, and patient/family levels
  • Develop a communications plan for the organization’s Board of Directors or State Boards, staff members, alumni, referents, other treatment providers, and media
  • Discuss challenges to implementing a comprehensive approach to opioid treatment (including MAT) and develop an action plan for addressing these challenges
  • Use the manual, COR-12 Integrating Twelve Steps with Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders – Best Practices for Professionals as a resource for implementing changes in how opioid use disorders are treated at your facility and partner organizations.

Leadership Training Agenda

     DAY 1

8:30 - Welcome, Introductions and Overview

9:15 - Why Is It Called an Epidemic?  The National Impact of Opioid Use Disorder

9:45 - "Took a Fearless and Searching Moral Inventory" Part 1

10:30 - "What's Your Opinion?"  Activity
 • Discuss the concept of stigma and other attitudinal and capacity issues surrounding opioid use, disorders, and treatment

11:00 - "Took a Fearless and Searching Moral Inventory" Part 2

11:30 - Introduction to Opioid Use Disorder Archetypes (Report on ASAM Dimensions)

12:00 - Lunch

12:30 - COR-12 Overview DVD

12:45 - Evidence-Based Practice

2:00 - Choosing the Right Medication Pathway

3:15 - Organizational Level Implementation: Strengths and challenges

3:30 - Summary of Day One and Preview of Day Two

4:00 - Adjourn

     DAY 2

8:30 - Welcome and Overview of Day Two

8:40 - The COR-12 Components

9:00 - Establishing Clinical Expectations

10:15 - Preadmission

11:00 - Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders: Enhanced Treatment Programming

12:00 - Lunch

12:30 - Continuing Care – Guidelines for Effective Outpatient Care

1:45 - Outpatient Considerations

2:30 - Archetype Activity #3:  Levels of Care

3:45 - Summary of Day Two; Preview of Day Three

4:00 - Adjourn

     DAY 3

8:30 - Welcome/Preview Day 3

8:45 - Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders:  Engaging the Family

9:30 - Preparedness Training for Overdose

10:00 - Discontinuing Medication / Tapering

10:45 - Managing Relapse and Importance of Long-term Engagement

12:00 - Lunch

12:30 - Document Review Team Presentation #5

1:00 - Organizational Level Implementation:  Action Planning

2:30 - Presentation of 30-Day Plans

3:00 - Conclusion

4:00 - Adjourn

For more information, please contact Hazelden Publishing at or call 800-328-9000, ext. 4460.