Non-medication treatment for opioid addiction

The Opioid Crisis in America
July – November, 2021

Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

effective non-medication treatments for Opioid Use Disorder:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mutual help organizations, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Women for Sobriety
  • Sober living environments
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • Contingency Management Behavioral Interventions


Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

recommended by:
Behavioral Medicine A Guide for Clinical Practice 4/E
McGraw-Hill Education. August 7th 2014

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
BEHMEDx_W1_V1, Mar 18, 2014
Drs. Miller and Rollnick developed Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing with problem drinkers.
Miller, W. R.
Behavioural Psychotherapy, 1983, 11(147-172)
… three books published in successive editions (1991, 2002 and 2012), describing the evolution of this method.

Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health
Karolinska Institutet. November 2016