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Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a pervasive problem throughout Vermont and the U.S., and only a fraction of those needing help receive it. The vast majority of admissions to substance abuse treatment programs do not come from healthcare providers, who report a lack of preparedness in managing addiction screening and referrals. Recognizing that Family Medicine Providers are likely to be caring for many patients struggling with substance abuse, this project aims to improve provider familiarity with local resources. In particular, this project focuses on promoting long-term retention in self-help group programs, as these have been demonstrated to be the most approachable form of help for many presenting in the primary care setting.
addiction, Vermont, primary care, drugs, alcohol, self-help, opioids, AA, NA, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous
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Meservey, Amber J., "Addiction Recovery Support: Connecting Primary Care Providers and Community Resources" (2017). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 256.