Myths & Misconceptions That Impact Appropriate Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)
Substance use disorder (SUD) is a pervasive, costly, and devastating health condition. Appropriate treatment can positively impact patient outcomes and health care costs; however, treatment decisions are often influenced by myths associated with treatment for SUD and opioid use disorder (OUD). The health care system, patients, payers, and providers benefit when patients are successful with OUD treatment. This article highlights five myths about treatment for OUD, provides context regarding current guidance, and offers suggestions for how managed care organizations (MCOs) can support care for patients with addiction through a chronic health model.