Addiction Resource Center Portal Launch Tmrw Evening at BrightView

Join us here at BrightView (446 Morgan St) tomorrow evening – Tuesday, Feb 6th from 5-6pm for the launch of the Addiction Resource Center (ARC) portal. Members of the Addiction Policy Forum team will walk guests through the capabilities of the new online platform, which will provide comprehensive resources for individuals and their loved ones who are struggling with substance use disorder and addiction.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 ARC Social Media Graphic
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
BrightView Health
446 Morgan St.
Cincinnati, OH  RSVP here

One of the biggest gaps in the substance use disorder field is the absence of a trusted place for people in crisis to seek help and information. Family after family has described their heartbreaking experiences using Google to search for treatment options and basic information about addiction, reaching out to physicians and government entities that have neither answers nor resources, or calling a hotline only to find patient brokers, no intake capacity, or disconnected numbers.

The lack of resources about what to do in a crisis is compounded by the lack of basic, general information about substance use disorders that can be understood by the general population. While there is a great deal of information available online, much of it is either outdated, scattered across sites, or presented in a way that can be difficult for the layperson to comprehend.
Substance use disorders share many features with other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease, including a tendency to run in families, an onset and course that is influenced by behavior, and the availability of effective treatments, which include lifestyle modifications. Even relapse rates for substance use disorder are similar to other chronic illnesses. There is a lack of understanding regarding these similarities among the public at-large and throughout the medical community. There is also a lack of understanding with regard to what we know about effective treatment, recovery, prevention, early intervention, overdose reversal, and other key topics. Many areas have a wealth of resources and research that simply needs to be summarized, packaged for the appropriate audience, and disseminated; such as disease course and prognosis, treatment options including medication assisted treatment (MAT), and prevention strategies.

The  Addiction Resource Center (ARC) portal will provide comprehensive resources to assist families and their loved ones who are struggling with a substance use disorder. This new platform will dispel harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guide concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, help them develop a proposed action plan, and direct them to local resources. Initially, the ARC portal will host a database of local treatment resources in Ohio, Maryland, Minnesota and New Hampshire.

Over the coming year, we will be hard at work developing the ARC portal based on feedback from impacted families, partners, and experts in the field.  In addition to building resource databases for all 50 states, we will continue to develop new content and much-needed resources.
The ultimate goal of the ARC is to better equip families and patients with the knowledge and resources they need to understand substance use disorders and access to treatment.

Other walkthroughs include:

OHIO
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
World Harvest Church
4595 Gender Road
Canal Winchester OH 43110 RSVP here

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Austin17House
263 Route 125
Brentwood NH, 03833 RSVP here

MARYLAND
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Chaney Alumni Library at the Riggs Alumni Center
University of Maryland
7801 Alumni Drive
College Park, MD 20742 RSVP here

MINNESOTA
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 RSVP here