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“New Tools Needed in the Fight Against Substance Use Disorder”

“The infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals with the tools to manage patients with substance use disorders,” said Lori Trahan and James L. Baker in an article for the Boston Globe. Trahan is a US Representative of Massachusetts and a member of the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction. Baker served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and practices at Merrimack Valley Hospital. They argue that there is “not a zip code in the United States that has been immune to the scourge of increasing prescription and illicit opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose.” The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine would probably agree, as they report that “over 2 million Americans suffer from Opioid Use Disorder specifically.” Villa Tranquil Recovery is committed to helping reduce the damage that opioids have done in this country.


“To talk about this issue, it is critical to understand the facts.”


Opioid Use Disorder is long-lasting and difficult to eradicate. It is, however, treatable. The Boston Globe refers to an article in the New York Times titled “Want to Reduce Opioid Deaths? Get People the Medications They Need.” In that article, the New York Times reports that “more than 80% of people struggling with Opioid Use Disorder in the United States are not being treated with medications that could foster recovery and help prevent overdose.” These treatments include Naltrexone, which has been exceptionally useful in helping opioid addicts recover. These treatments are approved by the FDA and work to stop withdrawal symptoms and cravings. “Studies show that patients who receive medication-assisted treatments are less likely to die from an overdose and have higher treatment retention rates and better long-term outcomes.”

  • “Addiction is like the common cold or depression and can afflict anyone from any background.”


Addiction is a disease like any other. It is a diagnosable disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Edition 5. Although addiction is a disease, many people “treat addiction as if it were a moral failing rather than the treatable disease that it is.” The stigma that is present in both the general community but also the medical community must be addressed. The authors say that “in order to address this crisis, the infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals across the health care system with the tools to identify, treat, and manage patients with opioid and other substance use disorders.”


Villa Tranquil Recovery is dedicated to destigmatizing addiction and other mental illnesses, as well as strengthening the treatment for these diseases. Call us today at 214-799-3080 for more information about the programs we offer. We can’t wait to speak to you!