As part of the HEAL Initiative developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is taking part in a comprehensive program intended to, as the title of this blog post suggests, heal communities across the United States. Through this effort, officials from both groups and additional lineups of networks will attempt to build awareness about the dangers of addiction throughout cities and localities in our country. So how is this program faring, and what does it promise for the rest of 2019 and the future? Let’s take a closer look at how NIDA and NIM are HEALing communities.

Creating a Blueprint for Society

In many ways, this new program will help societies develop blueprints for drug awareness and addiction treatment. Partnering with NIH and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NIDA has developed the HEALing Communities Study to uncover evidence for the identification and treatment of opioid addiction, a long-running problem that has escalated into a full-blown epidemic in the United States. Through comprehensive, evidence-based analysis, NIDA is developing plans for members of the business, social, behavioral health, and justice divisions across our country.

Building Partnerships

How NIDA Is HEALing Communities

As part of NIDA’s efforts, four academic institutions will receive funding from the HEAL Communities Study stemming from community partnerships:

  • Boston Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Columbia University (New York City, New York)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)

Meanwhile, RTI International (North Carolina) will serve as the base of operations for all activities conducted by the Communities Study and will coordinate projects related to data analysis, health economics, and addiction research as a whole. Initially, NIDA is confident this program and additional long-term initiatives will put an end to the Opioid Crisis or, at the very least, slow it down.

Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid use disorder is easily one of the most terrifying substance use disorders on the planet, mostly because opioid addiction partially stems from a large number of drugs that are legally regulated by the federal government. For decades, our country has suffered beneath the weight of dangerous synthetics and legal painkillers, and millions of Americans have suffered from addiction throughout the 20 years the crisis has been brewing. However, you can make the right decision by taking a stand against your addiction and regaining your health and happiness.

If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of opioid withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.