Substance Use Disorder Treatment Project

 

This project supports New Hampshire hospitals rising to the challenge of expanding access to treatment for persons with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD).  This project is funded by a grant from the NH Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, and is part of a statewide effort to reduce deaths from substance use increasing the opportunity for residents of New Hampshire to  live full and healthy lives and to contribute their full potential to our communities. 

Through this work, hospitals in New Hampshire are implementing three types of projects:

 

Bridge to Treatment (Emergency Departments)  these projects grow emergency department capability for recognizing and treating substance use disorder through the use of screening tools, the administration of medications for opioid use disorder, educating hospital staff on the science of addiction and stigma reduction, developing and implementing protocols and workflows  for harm reduction,  and connecting OUD patients with community treatment, supports, and services.

 

Medication Assisted Treatment (Outpatient Practices) – these projects increase the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in hospital affiliated primary care systems through credentialing prescribers to administer the medications, educating staff members in addiction science, harm reduction, and stigma reduction, and developing protocols and workflows to assure consistent care and a pathway to ongoing recovery which includes community treatment and support services. 

 

Acute Care (Inpatient Services) - these projects improve the ability of hospitals to recognize and treat patients with substance use disorder who are  hospitalized for co occurring conditions.  These projects include components for the education of hospital staff and for protocols and workflows to assure that patients receive appropriate care during their hospital stay and after discharge.

 

Implementation Projects

Thank you to the following New Hampshire Hospitals for working to expand access to treatment for people with opioid use disorders:

 

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Stigma remains one of the most powerful obstacles to effective treatment of patients, whether it keeps patients from seeking treatment or whether patients encounter providers with biases during their treatment.  Stigma is a killer.

 

Language is powerful: 

Go to DrugFreeNH.org to learn more about non-stigmatizing language.

 

 

The following is current medical terminology:

 

Substance Use Disorder 
Is a clinically accurate term and replaces substance “abuse” and “dependence.”

 

Person with a Substance Use Disorder or Person Living with an Addiction
Use “person first” language.  We are all people first.

 

Person in Recovery
This is accurate and a non-stigmatizing term to refer to a person who is stopping or reducing substance use to a safe level and reflects a positive change.

 

Medication Assisted Treatment
This refers to the use of specific FDA-approved medicine to treat substance use disorders combined with psychosocial support services. Medication is not a “replacement” or “substitution,” but a tool for recovery.

 

For more on addressing stigma, see  the Shatterproof website here.