The primary purpose of this study is to determine the occurrence of drug therapy adjustment in people with substance use disorder receiving medication-assisted treatment when admitted to an acute care facility for a comorbid condition. The secondary purpose is to understand the correlation between the presence of adjustment of therapy for substance use disorder and influence on recovery from comorbid conditions. A literature review exploring drug therapy for addicted individuals during hospitalization was performed using various databases, search terms included *substance use disorder or *substance abuse or *illicit drug use or *drug abuse or *MAT or *maintenance therapy, combined with *inpatient or *hospital or *acute care or *admission. The data was conformed into tables that synthesized the relationship between drug therapy adjustment for individuals with substance use disorder during an acute care admission. Initial review of the articles revealed 78 articles relative to the topic, 16 of those articles met inclusion criteria and were selected for a detailed analysis. Studies suggest the need for provider education and guidelines for treating individuals receiving MAT in an acute care facility. While individuals with substance use disorder often use acute care services, their medication-assisted treatment is rarely acknowledged or adjusted. Many studies focus on individuals with substance use disorder, yet, addressing medication-assisted therapy is still inconsistent, and lacks official guidelines.

Thesis Completion




Thesis Chair/Advisor

D'Amato-Kubiet, Leslee


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)


College of Nursing



Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Release Date