WVU paves the way for a multifaceted approach to addiction | Today


West Virginia University efforts in education and training, innovative research and treatment options are moving the rate of recovery from substance use from possible to probable.

A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2020 found that one in 10 adults in the United States reported having a substance use disorder, and about 75% of those with addiction said they were recovering. .

Uniquely positioned to bring together academic and clinical experts, laboratory scientists, patient advocates, policy makers, and the private sector, WVU helps change the future of people struggling with addiction.

“We believe we can have an impact for the citizens of West Virginia tied to a new level of hope that we may not have seen in the past,” Dr Clay MarshChancellor and Executive Dean of WVU Health Sciences, said. “We are committed that at West Virginia University, we will be a place to solve real people’s real problems.

“We are pioneering treatments and new approaches and also ensuring that people have access to high levels of training, education and jobs, which we know is also part of the solution. “

To highlight ongoing efforts, WVU Health Sciences recently launched a website dedicated to information about the overdose epidemic and the University’s vision moving forward. Located at health.wvu.edu/addictionthe website serves as a hub for addiction-related information, research and resources and will continue to be a work in progress as new initiatives are developed.

Teach Compassionate Care

WVU provides educational opportunities for students enrolled in on-campus academic programs, as well as professionals and community members across the state.

In addition to incorporating programs in the five schools of health – Dentistry, Medicine, Feeding with milk, Pharmacy and Public health – the University offers academic programs dedicated to addiction medicine.

As part of the first cohort of programs in the nation to earn accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Postgraduate Medical Education in Addiction Medicine, the School of Medicine offers addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellowships that are committed to providing mentorship and research opportunities.

Undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Mental Health and Addiction Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy, or a minor in Addiction Studies, in addition to other programs that incorporate health education mental health and addiction. Educational opportunities are available to students in other areas such as Reed College of Media’s partnership with Reporting on Addiction, which trains professional and student journalists on how to improve their reporting on addiction and recovery to reduce unintended stigma in news stories.

A range of training opportunities are also available for active medical professionals, first responders, and others throughout West Virginia, including the Strengthening Training for Addiction Recovery or Project STAR and the Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine. Additional partnerships with government, healthcare, educational, and private groups work to address the underlying causes of addiction, including behavioral, social, economic, and psychological factors.

“In West Virginia, we’re seeing more and more people gaining purpose — the ‘why’ behind what we do,” Dr. Marsh said. “At WVU, we are spearheading to be the first university to open a Goal Center. This will help students connect their talents to a career path and help our professionals reconnect with the reason they entered their field. This shared commitment to excellence and to the land-grant mission to improve the lives of the citizens of our state will allow us to take solutions that work and push them as far as we can so we can help people in every State and even beyond. our country.”

Develop innovative solutions

Inasmuch as R1 Research institutionWVU experts are innovate for treatment, prevention, educational and economic opportunities.

For the more than 20 million Americans living with addiction, researchers develop clinical trials, drugs and programs to bring hope to individuals, families and communities through innovative solutions. treatments. Researchers also develop and implement prevention programs aimed at eliminating or reducing the risk factors associated with drug use.

“Innovations in Rockefeller Institute for Neuroscience create peak opportunities. We can calm the addiction centers of the brain by using ultrasound treatments non-invasively, using more invasive methods deep brain stimulation, and also using virtual and augmented reality to alter addiction cues,” Marsh explained. “People who have had stubborn addiction issues, where they were unable to get sober, for the first time, sometimes in their life, now report not having such addiction issues anymore.”

Substance use goes beyond the immediate risks. Followed side effects and impactsexperts have identified links to HIV, neonatal abstinence syndrome, suicide and other dangerous effects, and are working to better understand its effects. influence on the economy to implement workforce development programs.

Improve health outcomes

The overdose epidemic affects individuals, families and communities, but Resources are available on campus, statewide, and through national organizations to support treatment, recovery, and prevention.

SServices available to WVU students include the WVU Collegiate Recovery Programthe Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, and WELCOME that help connect people to the information and services they need.

UVM medicine Behavioral medicine and psychiatry brings hope in the Appalachian region to patients – from children to elderly adults – struggling with a range of emotional and psychological issues, including substance abuse and substance abuse. Its programs provide a continuum of care through outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient, and residential treatment services.

People living in West Virginia also have access to services, including VM PEERS, VM IMPACT, HELP4WV and several other programs sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

“At WVU, we have made a substantial commitment to increasing the number of professionals across the healthcare system to make the healthcare and treatment of substance use disorders and other behavioral illnesses much more more accessible,” Marsh said. “We also strive to help people reconnect with others, find a strong community, find their purpose, get the right training, reintegrate into the workforce, and make them feel like they are. full citizens of the larger society here in West Virginia and beyond.

(Note: This is part of a series of new stories released during National Recovery Month that highlight West Virginia University’s initiatives to address the overdose epidemic. Additional stories can be found on health.wvu.edu/addiction/news.)



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