When it comes to the disease of substance use disorder most healthcare providers have been given little formal education. They see their patients struggling with substance use disorder but aren’t sure how to intervene or what local resources are available to refer to treatment. Well, help is out there. We’re making it easier for providers to address substance use disorders without alienating their patients. For more information on how we can help, complete our Provider Education Request Form. Find additional documentation on our Resources page.
Substance Use Disorder
Many healthcare providers don’t recognize substance dependence as a progressive medical disease with genetic predisposition. Many see substance dependence as a moral failing that affects only society’s most helpless and hopeless members. The truth is the women most likely to use drugs or drink alcohol in pregnancy have a college degree or higher, make $55,000 a year or more, and often are Caucasian. Substance use disorder affects active, vibrant people in all classes and races. Doctors, providers, and nurses who only identify the disease in the end stages make intervention difficult before the disease progresses to loss of function and eventually life itself. With treatment, patients can and do recover from the disease of addiction. The first step is to educate healthcare providers about the disease.
Trouble compounds trouble. Provider misunderstanding of opiate use disorders plays a major role in the opiate addiction plaguing our communities. For decades, doctors have prescribed opiates and other controlled substances in quantities and durations that contribute to dependence. In the 1980s, doctors began treating pain conditions and big pharma began pushing opioids on the market. This led to the vast over-prescription of opioids that created clinical dependence for patients and problems for family and friends, and a black market for opioids.
The SAIL Method
By identifying and facing the issues, SAIL advances how healthcare providers address substance use disorders in clinical practice. Our vision is to help doctors, midlevel providers, and nurses recognize addiction as a medical disease with genetic predispositions. SAIL believes so doing will help the Pee Dee community provide more recovery resources for patients with substance use disorders.
See. Assemble. Initiate. Live.
SAIL teaches healthcare providers to see, assemble, and initiate change that helps substance use disorder sufferers live free of addiction. The SAIL approach helps multidisciplinary care teams foster better access to treatment resources. SAIL better informs healthcare providers and measures the statistical significance of various educational methods and associated practice changes. Early intervention will help avoid the health, legal, and social consequences the disease creates as it progresses. Society as a whole benefits.
The SAIL Initiative Provider Education Project will train, educate, and support over 100 physicians and staff in the first 24 months; assign statistical significance to education methods: video, spoken, and written educational materials, and measure outcomes. It will collect data, develop plans for ongoing support, and collaborate with local mental health, addiction facilities, government agencies and 12 step programs to help cultivate more effective communication with healthcare providers where they serve.
Provider Education Method
Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. According to the DSM-5, a diagnosis of substance use disorder is based on evidence of impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria. —Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMSHA