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ECHO: Expanding community-based treatment for opioid use disorder

With our country in the midst of an opioid crisis, the call for health care innovation has never been stronger. Committed to addressing that crisis, Beacon is a partner in one of the most innovative health care projects in the country: Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a model that revolutionizes how non-specialty providers…

Beacon Clinical Topic: MAT Options for People with Opioid Addiction

Definitions Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction (MAT): Type of addiction treatment, usually provided in a certified, licensed outpatient treatment programs (OTPs) or a physician’s of Office-based treatment setting, that provides maintenance pharmacotherapy using an opioid agonist, a partial agonist, or an antagonist medication, which may be combined with other comprehensive treatment services, including medical and psychosocial…

Mindfulness: A Tool for Substance Use Disorder Recovery

The No. 1 reason people use drugs and alcohol is to relax and to de-stress. Stress is also the No. 1 relapse trigger for those recovering from an addiction. Here is why: Life causes stress. A person uses a substance to cope with stress and becomes addicted. Her addiction causes problems. She quits using the…

How to Quit Smoking

Nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) and medications without nicotine can reliably help people overcome tobacco dependence. In fact, medications can double your chances of success. NRT gives you a measured dose of nicotine, which is the addictive ingredient in tobacco. It works by replacing the nicotine you get from smoking, thereby reducing cravings and easing symptoms of…

How Do I Know If I Have a Heroin or Painkiller Problem?

Heroin is unsafe, addictive and illegal—3 strong reasons to stop using it. Not everyone who tries it becomes hooked. But routine users of heroin are in a spot that is inherently unsafe and likely to get more so. This is especially true if they’re injecting the drug. On top of the danger of overdose and…

Best Practices in Managed Substance Use Disorder Treatment

In the United States, an estimated 22 million people live with a substance use disorder. Despite their prevalence, substance use disorders continue to go untreated: many individuals forgo help for addiction because of the surrounding stigma, while providers often lack the training to properly recognize and diagnose them. Even with a diagnosis, individuals still face…

Alchohol Use Questionnaire

This quiz will help you see if you might have a problem with alcohol. For each question you answer yes, give yourself 1 point. I use alcohol to help me deal with stress. I tend to enjoy myself more when I am drinking. At times, I have thought to myself that I might have a…