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Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Stories of partnership, innovation and discovery
A Focus on Evidence-Based Hope and Healing
The University of Vermont Health Network works in partnership with community and government agencies across our region to fight the opioid epidemic. September is National Recovery Month. Over the next few weeks, this site will highlight new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, service providers who make possible recovery in all its forms, and stories of hope and healing from members of our community.

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Addiction Recovery Channel Tunes in to Help and Hope
35 years in recovery fuels inspiration for retired social worker Ed Baker’s local talk show on CCTV  Every month, when…
UVM Medical Center Program Provides Alternatives to Medication for Patients with Chronic Pain
Catherine Huskisson was living with severe pain and finding few solutions that helped until she found the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Program.
“I really love this job, because it helps deepen my own recovery.”
Hilary Denton, a Peer Recovery Coach with Turning Point Center of Central Vermont, describes her work supporting patients struggling with substance use disorders who seek treatment in the Emergency Department at UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center.

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Hiring Individuals in Recovery
As awareness of substance use disorders increases across the U.S., stigma remains a barrier to treatment and recovery. Aspenti is working to #StoptheStigma and you can too. Go to CCOAVT.ORG for your free guide on the benefits to hiring individuals in recovery.

Perspectives

“People are using substances like opioids to manage the pain of life. Sometimes, the pain people experience are understandable reactions to life adversity.”
Sandra Steingard, MD of the Howard Center talks about how the public discourse regarding mental illness and drug use has been centered on a conceptualization of these problems as “illnesses like any other.”
“We want to create an environment where individuals affected by opioid addiction know they are welcome, and we want to help without judgement.”
The emergency department at UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital and its Ticonderoga Campus, led by David W. Clauss, MD, seeks to reduce stigma and erase judgment when treating patients with opioid use disorder.
Inventing the Wheel
Vermonters craft the “hub and spoke” — the first effective clinical approach to treating widespread opioid addiction.

“I was surprised and inspired by the treatment going on in primary care settings. I think this new treatment paradigm will change the course of opioid addiction and recovery.”

 

Richard Rawson, PhD
Vermont Center on Behavior and Health