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These video clips are an information resource for injecting drug users, especially heroin users. They aim to explain treatment options for opioid dependence including methodone, buprenorphine, and detoxification as well as the treatment of other drug-related problems and health issues such as dental care, hepatitis, mental health and overdose.
There are 46 video segments and 3 user stories which may be used to gain a better understanding of the doctor-patient relationship and how treatment is perceived by users.
These videos may also be useful for health care professionals or others who work with drug using populations and may also be used as an aid to teaching clinical students. They may also be of interest to family members and carers of drug users, helping them to gain a better understanding of what treatment is, how it works, and how to get the most out of it.
© National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales (2007)
To order copies of this DVD, contact: Adam Winstock, UNSW
To view the videos visit the Anex channel on YouTube.
1. I think I need help due to my drug use, who do I approach?
2. How do I decide if I should go on a program?
3. How do I find and Drug & Alcohol service that will meet my needs?
4. What are the differences in accessing treatment in different areas?
5. How do I find a doctor who has knowledge of treatment issues?
Assessment for Treatment
6. What is involved in having an assessment?
7. What’s the importance of the first assessment with a GP?
8. What is a therapeutic relationship and how is it developed?
9. How should I best communicate with my doctor to gain the most from treatment?
Treatment Medication, Delivery, Monitoring & Side Effects
10. What treatment medication is available and how will I know what is best for me?
11. What benefits can I expect from treatment?
12. How is treatment delivered?
13. How do pharmacies work with a prescriber?
14. How is treatment supervised?
15. What is the best way to take buprenorphine?
16. When are urine tests done and why?
17. Tell me about naltrexone
18. Can you give me information on take-aways?
19. What are the negative consequences of treatment?
20. What are the risks and side effects of treatment medication?
21. How do other drugs affect my treatment?
22. How does treatment affect sexual function?
23. Are treatment options available that do not involved medication?
24. What complementary approaches to treatment are available?
Coming Off Treatment, Detoxification and Rehabilitation
25. What other support can I receive before, during and after treatment commences?
26. What is withdrawal and what if I want to detox?
27. What is involved in coming off treatment?
Rights, Confidentiality and Making a Complaint
28. What are my rights and responsibilities in treatment?
29. How do I make a complaint?
30. What are my rights regarding confidentiality?
31. Will any government agency be notified if I am looking to access treatment?
Other Health Care Issues – Hepatitis, HIV, Dental, Pain, etc
32. Can you give me information on blood-borne viruses?
33. Can you give me information on HIV/AIDS?
34. Can you tell me about dental health and treatment?
35. What is pain management
36. What information is available about pregnancy and drug use?
37. Why is taking drugs if I have a mental illness such a problem?
Special Populations – Prison, Youth
38. I am young and haven’t been using for long, are there important health messages I should know?
39. How do I access treatment if I am in prison?
Special Risks Overdose – Medication, Injecting “Ice”
40. Can you give me information on overdose?
41. What is the recovery position?
42. Can you give me information on safer injecting?
43. What are the risks of injecting methadone and buprenorphine?
44. What are the problems with methamphetamines?
Others Involved – Police and Family
45. How can family support treatment?
46. Can the police help me get treatment?
47. Stella’s Story
48. Susan’s Story
49. Jamie’s Story