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Opioid Abuse & Treatment: Free Resources: Other Free Resources

Information on the treatment of opioid abuse

Useful Websites & Mobile Phone Apps for Patients


  • Breathe2Relax: a mobile app that provides guided breathing instruction through video and audio tutorials


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • MoodGYM: website for an online 5-week cognitive behavioral therapy program proven to decrease suicide ideation in medical interns
  • Stress Gym: an online program that includes 8 modules and step-by-step stress management guides. University of Michigan Depression Center.

Suicide Prevention

  • Virtual Hope Box: a mobile app for suicide prevention that helps users with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking
  • Stay Alive: a suicide prevention app that provides customized safety plans, breathing and grounding exercise tutorials, and an online discussion forum

Opioid Abuse Treatment Resources

Consumer Health Websites

  • MedlinePlus Consumer Health Information:  Free consumer health information on hundreds of topics, in more than 20 languages, wth updates added daily.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians:  Free good, quality consumer health sponsored by the leading association of Family Physicians.  Easily searchable.
  • PubMed Health:  Free website sponsored by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). "PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions."

Free Books

Free Resources

PDFs / Handouts / Guides

  • Attention Parents of Student-Athletes: Parental guideline about prescription opioids (painkillers) which can be addictive and dangerous. Created by the Buncombe County Health and Human Services (Asheville, NC) and was last updated on 5/1/2017. Color PDF. See below.
  • PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS FOR CHRONIC PAIN ADAPTED FROM CDC GUIDELINE: Opioids can provide short-term benefits for moderate to severe pain. Scientific evidence is lacking for the benefits to treat chronic pain. IN GENERAL, DO NOT PRESCRIBE OPIOIDS AS THE FIRST-LINE TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC PAIN (for adults 18+ with chronic pain > 3 months excluding active cancer, palliative, or end-of-life care). Color PDF. See below.
  • What should you do with unused opioids? A quick guide on what to do with unused opioids to dispose of them. Color PDF. See below.