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      National Recovery Month | How to Expand Treatment Capacity

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      The scope of those suffering from substance use disorders (SUD) is staggering, totaling 20.4 million individuals. Factor in their families, friends, and employers, and it equals an epidemic. With an ongoing shortage of medical and therapy resources, how can the behavioral healthcare community members provide addiction treatment to extend their current capacity? 

      Statistics on Alcohol and Drug Dependence 

      People can and do recover, regaining their pleasurable and productive lives. An ongoing obstacle for those struggling with sobriety is access to care. Treatment and recovery practices are overwhelmed with demand.  

      According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA’s) most recent statistics, 20.4 million people aged 12 or older currently live20.4 million people aged 12 or older currently living with SUD. That statistic alone quantifies the need for expanded evidence-based treatment nationwide. The alcohol and drug addiction breakdown indicates that 14.5 million people struggle with alcohol abuse and 8.3 million with drug dependency. 2.4 million are battling both.  

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      How to Raise Awareness for National Recovery Month 

      SAMHSA started National Recovery Month in 1989, to spread the message that behavioral health treatment is effective for people seeking freedom over dependence. The group’s ongoing voice of recovery is “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community.” #RecoveryMonth2022 and #NRM2022. 

      The month of events promotes national long-term recovery efforts through local and social media to support mental health providers and community resources’ efforts. It spreads the word that behavioral health is essential for successful sobriety.  

      There are many ways to raise awareness of Recovery Month. NationalRecoveryMonth.org provides numerous resources, scalable for any community or organization. It includes printable, web-based, and social media assets to plan events, and educate individuals about mental health and SUDs. These campaign components encourage everyone to celebrate the people in recovery in every neighborhood. 

      The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) is headlining the campaign of Recovery Month events. They’re hosting National Addiction Professionals Day, on September 20, 2022, to celebrate these instrumental health care providers. It also promotes the positive message of behavioral health’s influence, spreading awareness of addiction counselors' contribution daily.  

      More Resources ARE Needed to Meet SUD Treatment Demand 

      While the existing substance abuse treatment community is extremely helpful for the people they treat, the ongoing difficulty exists with those suffering from SUDs who are unable to receive recovery services. Part of the problem is awareness; that’s what Recovery Month is all about. Part of the solution is to expand treatment capacity. 

      How to Expand SUD Treatment Capacity 

      The shortage of addiction counselors will likely continue. How do expand treatment capacity to best utilize available clinicians, to expand their usage to treat more patients, without burning them out?  

      An option: Electronic Health Records (EHR) automated systems, created for substance abuse treatment centers, equipping providers to treat more people seeking recovery, by removing much of their staff’s manual functions. These systems automate record keeping, appointment setting, and treatment prescribing tasks for operational and medical service staff. They effectively expand a staff’s ability, by eliminating repetitious, unbillable actions.  

      See InSync Healthcare Solution’s substance abuse treatment EHR in action here. 

       

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