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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder​​ (MOUD)

Medication-assisted recovery (MAR) is a comprehensive treatment approach for opioid use disorder that combines the use of medications with counseling, therapy, and support services. The primary goal of medication-assisted recovery is to help individuals manage their addiction, reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and improve their overall quality of life.​

People who provide medications for opioid use disorders work in a range of prevention, health care, and social service settings. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, peer professionals and many others.​

 Benefits of Buprenorphine



What Are The Benefits Of MAR?

  • Decreases opioid-related overdose deaths
  • Decreases illicit opioid use
  • Increases social functioning and retention in treatment
  • Decreases criminal activity
  • Decreases transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Improves maternal and fetal outcomes for pregnant or breastfeeding women​

IDPH Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR) Recommendations

  • It is standard of care for all patients with OUD to be offered MAR to reduce morbidity and mortality.
  • Patients with higher metabolic needs, such as pregnant women, and patients who are accustomed to higher levels of fentanyl may need a higher dose of OUD medication.
  • Patients under the care of a licensed physician or other medical providers must be provided with an appropriately prescribed dosage of medication for OUD in a timely manner based on up-to-date, evidence-based dosing considerations.
  • Pharmacists and prescribers should register for IL ADVANCE​ one-on-one consultation to work directly with peers with the most recent evidence-based practices for MAR.​

MOUD Training and Resources





​The Providers Clinical Support System - Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (PCSS-MOUD) is a SAMSHA funded national training, guidance, and clinical mentoring program to enhance the capacity of healthcare and counseling professionals to identify and treat opioid use disorder (OUD).