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Understanding Addiction and Options for Care

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Anyone who has tried to help a loved one obtain treatment for a substance use disorder knows how challenging it can be to find quality, affordable care that’s accessible when someone is ready for help. Even for professionals working in healthcare and related fields, evaluating the options available and navigating payment and other hurdles can be overwhelming. This workshop will help educate participants about treatment options for opioid, stimulant and other substance use disorders and how to overcome barriers to care. We’ll discuss factors to consider for treatment referrals, resources to connect people with peer support, and how services are evolving to support families and offer person-centered, trauma-informed care. We’ll also discuss the neurobiology of addiction, how brain changes can impact decision-making, and strategies to improve treatment engagement.


Increase understanding of different treatments for substance use disorders (including medications for opioid use disorder), address concerns about treatment effectiveness and practices, and provide tools to help improve connections to care.

Workshop Outline:

  • Review criteria for a substance use disorder and how it is defined.
  • Present statistics about treatment for substance use and mental health disorders, using sources such as the 2022 NSDUH and other surveys.
  • Describe the treatment gap and how it can be addressed by removing barriers to care.
  • Discuss goals of care for people with substance use and mental health challenges.
  • Explain how different medications for opioid use disorder work (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone).
  • Discuss options for treating stimulant use disorders, including contingency management.
  • Discuss the neurobiology of addiction (e.g. how brain changes impact decision-making).
  • Discuss factors to consider for treatment referrals and resources to connect people with treatment and peer support as well as services for families.
  • Address misperceptions about treatment and how services are evolving to embrace person-centered, trauma-informed care.


May 8
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
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