COVID-19: Resources for Practices Treating Patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)

As the coronavirus pandemic is rapidly changing, practices are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 website and SAMHSA’s Current Topics for new information and resources related to COVID-19. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has issued a clinician advisory that some populations with SUDs may be impacted particularly hard by the novel coronavirus disease. The below resources have been gathered by the OklahomaMAT project team to provide relevant resources describing emergent policy changes and considerations for your patients’ behavioral health needs and continuation of MAT services for your patients.


42-CFR Part 2 and HIPAA

Patient Resources and Potential Challenges for SUD Patients During the Health Emergency

Recovery Support: Connecting to Virtual Meetings

  • Shatterproof suggests that  In The Rooms as a great place to find a virtual meeting. Shatterproof posted this infographic from the Recovery Research Institute for additional help in connecting to a virtual recovery support meeting.

Resilience and Coping

  • Shatterproof also posted this blog post shared by a person in long term recovery regarding coping strategies for dealing with changes in social activities that come with social distancing.

Accessing Behavioral Health and Other Psychosocial Services

SAMHSA Patient Materials on Stress and Coping

AIR Resources

  • The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has published a plain language summary of COVID-19 that can be shared with patients to help enhance their understanding of the current pandemic. 

Harm Reduction

The Harm Reduction Coalition shared these resources, developed for harm reduction programs and patients who use drugs regarding drug use and COVID-19.

Additional Provider Resources on COVID-19 and MAT

While some of these recommendations are specific to the state of California, the California Bridges to Treatment program offers many regularly updated features and resources related to MAT in the COVID-19 era.

ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Webinar

On March 27th, the American Society for Addicition Medicine (ASAM) put together a webinar to inform providers and programs who are urgently working to mitigate risks related to COVID-19. A recording of the webinar is now available on their website. The webinar providers an overview of the resources available to providers, to help them adjust their practices during this challenging time. 

ASAM COVID-19 Resource Webpage

The ASAM Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 (CPDC) Task Force includes a national panel of experts that are recognized in the field of addiction medicine. The task force has put together a webpage of comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is being consistently updated as new resources become available.

AOAAM Prescription Decision Tree Diagram

The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) has published a decision tree diagram to assist providers with prescribing controlled substances to patients during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The diagram was developed in concordance with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's newly adopted policies which became effective on March 31, 2020.