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Training to Improve Substance Use and Addiction Treatment

According to the Center on Addiction, 40 million Americans, or more than 1 in 7 people, abuse or are addicted to alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs. Because this is more than the number of Americans with heart conditions, cancer, or diabetes, it’s important to provide effective clinical solutions that treat substance use disorders (SUDs). Substance use disorder training for your staff, however, can be challenging.

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Challenges in Treating SUDs

Complexities & High Costs

Addiction is a complex disease, meaning treatment is also complex due to the nature of SUDs. These complexities, including their link to co-occurring disorders and serious mental illnesses (SMIs), complicate how you’re able to provide the best care for people living with addiction.

And even though we’re advancing our clinical treatment options, whether through therapy, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), or long-term residential treatment, high costs prevent people from seeking treatment and healthcare organizations from offering ongoing training and development to their staff.

Integrated care policies are necessary, specifically for those with SMIs and/or SUDs, to help treat the whole patient. Reaching integrated care, however, is easier said than done.

Challenges in Delivering Integrated Care

Inefficiencies in integrated care stem from a lack of training and ongoing professional development. Primary care physicians are often the first to see warning signs of SUDs, however because they don’t have the right substance abuse training, these symptoms go untreated until things get worse. By incorporating early intervention techniques and medication-assisted treatment in doctor’s offices and healthcare facilities, we’re able to deliver integrated care and support those choosing recovery.

Combining Peer-Support & Evidence-Based Treatment Practices

Peer support services can effectively extend recovery once clients are no longer in a clinical setting. However, the lack of evidence to support the positive effects of peer-support services, makes them difficult to incorporate into evidence-based treatment practices.

LCASs, CSAPCs, ICAADCs, and others involved in treating persons with substance use disorder need to find a way to balance the two to provide better treatment plans and improve the likelihood of sustained recovery.

Training on substance use disorders, integrated care, peer-support, and evidence-based treatment plans can help your team achieve better outcomes, remain in compliance with regulations and standards, and improve the awareness and reputation of your behavioral health organization.

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Ensure Your Staff is Prepared

Need help keeping your team current on substance use disorders and treatment plans, relapse prevention strategies, and evidence-based care and integrated care practice and policies? Relias helps organizations stay current, competent, and compliant so they can continue to provide quality care and better outcomes to the recovery community.

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