Archival Content: 1999-2005
Substance Abuse Treatment
These fact sheets focus on HIV prevention issues
related to substance abuse treatment:
Abuse Treatment for Injection Drug Users: A Strategy with Many Benefits
Most injection drug users (IDUs) cannot stop using drugs on their own.
Substance abuse treatment programs can help. However, substantial barriers
exist to providing treatment to all IDUs who need and want it. (PDF)
Can We Expect From Substance Abuse Treatment?
Expectations about the results of substance abuse treatment are often
unrealistically high. Greater knowledge about the nature of addiction
and the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment can help temper these
expectations and lead to a better understanding of the benefits of treatment.
HIV Prevention Services and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Substance abuse treatment is key to helping injection drug users reduce
HIV transmission risk. Linking HIV prevention programs and substance
abuse treatment offers considerable potential but also faces challenges.
Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) can help injection drug users
(IDUs) reduce or stop injecting and return to productive lives. However,
its use is still sometimes publicly controversial and many factors limit
the effectiveness of MMT services. New federal regulations, which have
overhauled the MMT system, promise a more flexible approach and improved
delivery of these needed, life-saving services. (PDF)
Issues and Challenges in Substance Abuse Treatment
Despite the current scientific consensus on the importance and effectiveness
of substance abuse treatment, barriers persist to providing it to all
who need or want it. A number of creative national initiatives and many
other efforts on a local and individual level are breaking down these
Abuse Treatment and Public Health: Working Together to Benefit Injection
Injection drug users (IDUs) often have multiple substance abuse, physical,
and mental health problems. As a result, the providers who work with
them - substance abuse treatment, HIV/STD prevention, mental health,
corrections, primary care - need expertise and skills across a range
of disciplines. Tensions among various providers have obstructed the
coordinated service delivery that best addresses the needs of IDUs.
Training involving providers from multiple disciplines can help staff
improve their ability to work with IDUs and collaborate more effectively
with other agencies. (PDF)
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