- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services.
- Facts for Families and Friends on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
- Facts about Methadone
- Get Smart About Drugs – A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators & Caregivers
- How Opioid Abuse Leads to Heroin Use
- Operation Prevention – Educate middle and high school students about the truth of opioid and heroin addiction.
- Adolescent Drug Use – Understand the influencing factors that lead to early drug use so that you are prepared to have honest conversations with the teens in your household.
- Faces and Voices of Recovery – Dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of recovery, developing recovery support services and reducing discrimination of those in recovery.
- The complete HIV/AIDs Resource – The Web’s largest source of HIV and AIDS information. Read, listen or watch the latest HIV/AIDS news, research and resources.
- Hepatitis Central – All the information you need about living with Hepatitis C, including the latest news about infection, transmission, symptoms, treatment breakthroughs and medical progress.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA leads the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction through support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines and rapid and effective dissemination of results of that research to improve drug abuse and addiction prevention, treatment, and policy.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) – Dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from addiction.
- Addiction Treatment Forum – Substance abuse news for opioid treatment programs
- American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) – AATOD has been the number one advocate, resource, and trainer for the field of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction since its inception. Given today’s challenges, that role is more important than ever and AATOD continues to enthusiastically accept those challenges for all of us in the field; patients, medical staff, clinicians, researchers, manufacturers, and regulators.
The goal of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is to reduce illegal painkiller and heroin use along with the resulting consequences on the user, their families and the community. Medication-Assisted Treatment with the use of Methadone is one of the longest studied forms of treatment that has been proven to be an effective treatment for opioid dependence. Patients in MAT greatly benefit by gaining back physical stability to improve their health, employability, home stability and relationships with family and community. The community benefits from reduced crime, death, disease and drug use.
Positive outcomes of providing MAT services within a community:
- Contributes to public safety and safer neighborhoods
- Reduction of painkiller and heroin addicts
- Reduced criminal behavior
- Improved social functioning, domestic relations and child rearing
- Improved health and wellness in the community
- Reduced rates of infection of communicable diseases including HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C and other blood-borne pathogens
- Reduced pressures on public services, enabling emergency, trauma and urgent care centers to be run more efficiently and effectively
- Patients’ improved health, pregnancy outcomes and psychological well-being
- Lowered mortality rates of opioid dependent citizens
- Improved productivity
- Patients are able to acquire and maintain employment
- Clinics serve patients who live in the community and are everyday citizens like lawyers, engineers, secretaries, truck drivers, roofers, gardeners, teachers, salespersons, architects, computer programmers, etc., helping them perform better at work and for their patrons
- Greater socioeconomic contributions to the community from opioid dependent citizens
Each year, September marks National Recovery Month and New Season avidly supports increasing awareness of addiction in all the communities where we serve. New Season is always looking for opportunities to partner with local organizations, businesses, and charities to spread the word about prevention, treatment and recovery. Together, we know that we are stronger and education is the first step in battling the opioid epidemic. Contact us for opportunities to partner and share vital information with your group. We are looking for opportunities to engage the public in lectures, open discussions, walks / runs, private gatherings, etc.