More than 2 million Americans are addicted to an opioid, and according to the best estimates, opioids will kill another 52,000 Americans this year alone. Twenty years ago, patients became more assertive in managing their own treatment — and those suffering from debilitating pain began to demand the relief that new opioids promised. Two decades later, doctors and scientists have realized that without strict supervision, people can become addicted. How do providers begin to undo the practices and treatments that contributed to this epidemic?
The MHA Health Foundation webinar Developing a Plan of Action for Substance Use Recovery will outline the strategies that physicians, nurses and other providers can implement with patients experiencing substance abuse challenges, including:
- Important first steps with the patient in the emergency department, including positive verbal cues that change the tone of patient interactions.
- How to work with community partners to provide connections between patients and recovery support systems.
- Using peer recovery coaches in emergency departments and neonatal units to create a direct line to support and recovery.
- How to better understand the brain science of addiction and the recovery process for individuals with substance use challenges.
Meet Your Faculty
Neil Campbell is the executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting community alliances to increase impact of recovery, and co-founded the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist Academy. More than 1,000 patients have been treated with the help of Campbell’s leadership at GCSA and its emergency department partners.
Who Should Attend
Chief medical and nursing officers; directors of patient safety, quality improvement and risk management; emergency preparedness personnel; nurses and pharmacists
$195 per MHA member; $295 for non-MHA members
Members are encouraged to register by noon, Dec. 12, 2018.