Substance Use Disorder

Treatment

Education/Prevention

Suggested Other Resources

Definitions

Alcohol Use Disorder Support Groups  – Support groups whose members are individuals who have or are at risk of an alcohol use disorder. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or online; provide emotional support, information and resources to help participants overcome their disorder; and may include faith-based and secular 12-step groups as well as non-12 step groups.

Central Intake/Assessment for Substance Use Disorder – Substance Use Disorder Programs that serve as an intake for agencies which evaluate individuals who are in need of  substance use services and are directed to the number of subsidized beds that may be available in the community.  Some programs may also offer medical detoxification services for people who need them.

Drug Use Disorder Support Groups – Support groups whose members are individuals who have a disorder involving the use of drugs including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or online; provide emotional support, information and resources to help participants overcome their disorder; and may include faith-based and secular 12-step groups as well as non-12 step groups.

General Assessment for Substance Use Disorder – Programs that assess people who abuse drugs and/or alcohol to determine the nature and extent of their problem and recommend a specific treatment program that is appropriate.

Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification – Health care facilities that provide medically structured treatment programs and support services for alcohol addiction detoxification in the context of a supervised 24-hour environment for individuals who have problems related to alcohol substance use.

Inpatient Drug Detoxification – Health care facilities that provide structured treatment programs and support services in the context of a supervised 24-hour environment for individuals who have problems related to drug substance use. Included are hospitals that are totally devoted to treatment for chemical dependency, and chemical dependency recovery programs that are within general inpatient health care facilities.

Medication Assisted Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders  (Use for Methadone Maintenance) -Programs that provide treatment that include FDA approved medication, (ie, methadone, buprenophine, naltrexone (Narcan)) to help with withdrawal or cravings that result from cutting down or stopping opiate/opioid (pain killer) substance use.   MAT is often combined with counseling and behavioral therapies.

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) can be a lifesaving medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids (heroin, oxycontin, oxycodone, fentanyl, ..) is also available at pharmacies with trained pharmacists who can prescribe and dispense of medication.  In addition to pharmacists, physicians, surgeons, APRNs, dentists and other medical staff can also provide naloxone.  See link below for distribution sites in Connecticut.

Outpatient Drug Detoxification – Programs operated under the supervision of trained physicians, nurses or counselors on an outpatient basis in a medical clinic or other similar setting that provide assistance and support including medical treatment and possibly prescription medication to help individuals who exhibit indicators of a drug use disorder involving substances other than opiates (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines, benzodiazepines) during the withdrawal period.

Smoking Education/Prevention (Smoking Cessation) – Programs that utilize one or a variety of techniques including aversion therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure, individual and/or group therapy, or mutual support groups to help people who wish to control their nicotine dependence.

Substance Use Disorder Counseling – Programs that provide individual, group or family therapy for those who have abuse substance issues of any kind.  Family members are included to help them better understand the nature of their physical and/or psychological dependency and to help support their efforts to recover.

Substance Use Disorder Day Treatment – Programs that provide supervised, structured activities which may include, individual and group counseling, a support group, social activities, educational and vocational services, and a continuing care program for individuals with a problem related to substance use. Treatment is more intensive than an outpatient program but does not require  24-hour hospital care and the individual currently is drug and/or alcohol free.