Week 2 project illness and disease management
The information gathered regarding the opioid crisis will direct care plan development for those suffering from drug addiction and/or substance abuse disorders. First, it is important to ensure that individuals have access to quality treatment programs as well as medication-assisted treatments. As many insurance companies are not adequately covering these services, it is imperative that organizations provide financial assistance or offer alternative payment options whenever possible. Providers must also be aware of the potential co-occurring issues so they can develop comprehensive plans tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs.
In addition, it is essential to educate both patients and providers on the dangers of opioids and how best to avoid them. This includes providing resources such as support groups and therapy sessions in order to help individuals cope with their addiction without turning towards opioids for relief. Furthermore, providers should closely monitor the progress of any individual enrolled in an opioid cessation program in order ensure that relapse does not occur. Finally, it is important for healthcare workers to remain up-to-date on new research pertaining to opioid use disorder in order to keep abreast of current evidence based practices related this illness group and continue offering high quality care.