This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) is a guide to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction (MAT) in opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Compared with MAT in other settings, such as physicians' offices or detoxification centers, treatment in OTPs provides a more comprehensive, individually tailored program of medication therapy integrated with psychosocial and medical treatment and support services that address most factors affecting each patient. Treatment in OTPs also can include detoxification from illicit opioids and medically supervised withdrawal from maintenance medications.
This TIP combines and updates TIP 1 (State Methadone Treatment Guidelines, published in 1993), TIP 10 (Assessment and Treatment of Cocaine-Abusing Methadone-Maintained Patients, published in 1994), TIP 20 (Matching Treatment to Patient Needs in Opioid Substitution Therapy, published in 1995), and TIP 22 (LAAM in the Treatment of Opiate Addiction, published in 1995). It incorporates the many changes in MAT that have occurred since the publication of TIP 1, primarily as they are reflected in OTPs, and discusses the challenges that remain. (From Their Website)