The Substance Use Professional of the 2020s
How does organizational leadership ensure that their clinical staff possess and can apply the core competencies needed for effective practice in the decade to come?
Five Steps to Confident Care Delivery: Building a Competent Staff
Download this e-book to discover five simple steps you can take to identify, address and improve your staff’s competencies so they confidently care for their clients.
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.
Preview Our Courses
In Session: Suicide Assessment and Intervention for Adults
This course is designed to provide behavioral health clinicians with the ability to apply critical thinking, knowledge and skills in simulated clinical sessions and to real-world experiences.
Behavioral Health Screening Tools
Behavioral health screening can improve the identification of disorders that may have otherwise gone unnoticed and untreated, facilitate referrals to needed services, and reduce adverse outcomes.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Using various teaching tools, this course will help you to formulate a plan of care, goals for recovery, and confidentiality guidelines for individuals seeking treatment in your own setting.