Provider and Patient Stories

Resource Name

Brief Description

Why I Treat – By ASAM

Compiled by ASAM this collection of stories features the experiences of a variety of providers on their experiences treating opioid addiction. This collection of stories provides some key insights on why some individuals choose to treat addiction and the positive impacts that they have made to their patients, patients’ families, communities and nation.

Real Stories by Providers Clinical Support System

Gathered by the Providers Clinical Support System, this website showcases stories from the field including, “Ohio County Sees Dramatic Decrease in Overdose Deaths” and “Nurse Practitioners Take Action in Response to Addressing Opioid Crisis. If you’re looking for some context on how buprenorphine and other measures are helping to curb the opioid epidemic, this website provides some insights.  

The Doctor and The Epidemic: Three Years at Ground Zero of the Opioid Crisis

In October 2018, WFPL News highlighted the work of a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state’s chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. The article discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a “social autopsy” to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources.

Killing Pain

This seven-part series is presented by Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) and is produced by Lampstand Media. The series explores the opioid crisis in Oklahoma through personal stories of opioid use, the economic cost of the crisis and the biology of addiction. Learn about the ways in which the state is currently working to stem the epidemic and hear interviews from a variety of the state leaders who are at the forefront of this issue.

SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) Program: Patient Video Series

STR-TA shares the stories of patients in recovery from addiction and family members as they discuss the importance of having support and encouragement from the medical staff during treatment.