SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: SMVF Opioid Addiction: Increasing Access to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

Service Members and Veterans are often treated with prescription opioid medication for pain relief from their service-related injuries. Recognizing that there is an increased risk for abuse and addiction, implementing evidenced-based prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies is critical. Adopting best practices in safe use, new therapies that compliment traditional treatment, integrating holistic care, messaging, drug take back, and overdose prevention by first responders can all help to mitigate the risk. Prevention, treatment, and recovery oriented systems of care need to be in place for Service Members and Veterans experiencing opioid addiction. This webinar will address best practice methods of preventing opioid abuse, treating those experiencing addiction, and supporting Service Members and Veterans in recovery. It will also emphasize that recovery is not an isolated event. The community has a role in the individual’s recovery and solutions must be able to cross all services, all provider sectors, and all payers. Services within a community must form a network that is person-centered and builds on the strengths of individuals, families, and the community itself to achieve measurable improved health, wellness, and quality of life for our SMVF.