Opioid Addiction and Treatment

People from the Care Alliance Brochure

Addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers like oxycontin, is a serious public health problem, with potentially devastating consequences — both for the people who are addicted and for our communities.

The Challenge of Opioid Addiction PDF document

People addicted to opiates can recover, with treatment and support. Vermont is committed to making sure these services are available.

Where to Get Help   |  Vermont's Strategy   |  Overdose Prevention

Where to Get Help

Dial 9-1-1 in a medical emergency

You are not alone.

If you or someone you know have concerns about an opiate addiction, here are resources and people who can help.

If you have questions or want help finding a program or service:

Care Alliance for opioid treatment Care Alliance for Opioid Dependence
This statewide partnership of clinicians and treatment centers provide Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) to Vermonters who are addicted to opioids.

Vermont Treatment Providers and Recovery Centers
County directory of substance abuse treatment and recovery services

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) site for locating treatment programs in Vermont or nationally.

Resource for Parents of Teens or Young Adults with Opiate Addiction
The Partnership at Drugfree.org has developed a tool to provide parents and caregivers with the facts needed to make an informed decision on treatment options for a teen or young adult addicted to either prescription pain medications, heroin or other opiates.

Community Resources & Information

Vermont211Vermont 2-1-1
Information and referral clearinghouse for community resources, including drug and alcohol programs, emergency food and shelter, and counseling.

Vermont Community Coalitions

Local Health Department District Offices

Preventing Opioid Abuse PDF document

What Communities Can Do PDF document

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Vermont's Strategy

Addiction to opioids is a public health problem that requires a public health approach.

The health, social and economic consequences of this problem led to the development of a comprehensive treatment system that responds specifically to opiod addiction with coordinated and effective action.

Care Alliance for opioid treatmentThe Care Alliance for Opioid Treatment, also referred to as the Hub and Spoke System, for delivering Medication Assisted Therapy such as methadone and buprenorphine, emphasizes the care coordination and support that is integral to addiction recovery.

This system represents a unique partnership between the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs and the Department of Vermont Health Access’s Blueprint for Health.

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT)
MAT is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to treatment of substance abuse.

Treating Opioid Addiction PDF document

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Overdose Prevention

Naloxone: Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program

Naloxone Rescue KitIn January 2014, the Department of Health developed a statewide pilot program for distributing emergency overdose rescue kits to people at risk of an overdose, and to family members and others who may be in a position to help in the event of an overdose.

Through two initial pilot sites the public can learn about overdose prevention, and receive overdose rescue kits for emergency treatment of a suspected opioid drug overdose. 

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