At Your Appointment

Opioid Addiction Recovery Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Are you having any withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, insomnia, nausea or vomiting?
  • Are you currently using alcohol or recreational drugs, including injectable drugs?
  • When was your last set of blood and urine tests?
  • Have you been tested for hepatitis C?
  • How would you rate your desire or craving for opioids today?
  • What motivated you to seek treatment for opioid addiction? Are you currently participating in a support group or self-help program?
  • What symptoms are you experiencing, such as mood swings, worsening pain, or sleep problems?
  • How much, how often, and for how long have you been taking opioids?
  • Have you tried to cut back or control your use?
  • How strong or severe is your craving for opioids?
  • How has your opioid use affected your personal relationships or your ability to perform at work, school or home? Do you engage in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex?
  • Do you have a personal history or family history of drug addiction or abuse?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your treatment medication?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your main concern about your current recovery treatment?
  • Do I need to see an addiction specialist?
  • What are my recovery treatment options?
  • Do medications for recovery treatment just replace one addiction for another?
  • What strategies can help me stay in treatment and recovery?
  • Am I at risk of other serious health conditions, such as hepatitis C?
  • How do my other health conditions affect my addiction and recovery?
  • How do you diagnose opioid addiction?
  • What is the difference between physical dependence and addiction?
  • What is drug addiction treatment?
  • What are the treatment options for opioid addiction and how long does addiction treatment take?
  • What role do support groups and self-help programs play in addiction recovery?
  • Would another medication do a better job of controlling my symptoms or cravings?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to my addiction or treatment medication?
  • What is the best approach to my opioid addiction recovery?
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Last Review Date: 2020 Mar 6
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Opioid Use Disorder Diagnostic Criteria. American Psychiatric Association. 
  2. Prescription Drug Abuse. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. 
  3. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) Frequently Asked Questions. National Institute on Drug Abuse.