For Health Care Professionals

As a health care professional, your job is to support your patients’ health and safety.  This includes helping your patients who are affected by substance misuse or have a substance use disorder – across the lifespan.

The Partnership has gathered resources to help you identify patients who may be struggling with substance use and how to help them.

Remember, talking with parents about being involved in their children’s life and inquiring about their friends, extracurricular activities, grades and mental health are ways to bring prevention into the conversation before a problem is suspected or occurs.
 

Screening Tools and Protocols

 

Screen & Intervene: NH SBIRT
Screen & Intervene: NH SBIRT focuses on the implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) throughout New Hampshire as an effective prevention, intervention and public health strategy. This website provides online training and resources.
SAMHSA SBIRT
SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. SAMHSA SBIRT provides information on SBIRT, guidelines on reimbursement, and other SBIRT resources.
Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide
The Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) developed the Guide and Pocket Guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a team of underage drinking researchers and clinical specialists, and practicing health care professionals.
NIDA Drug Screening Tool
The NIDA Drug Screening Tool guides clinicians through a series of questions to identify risky substance use in their adult patients. The accompanying resources assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and arranging for specialty care, where necessary, using the 5 As model of intervention.

Referral Resources

 

The Doorway-NH

The Doorway-NH can help whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one for issues with alcohol or drugs, or are looking for information. Wherever you live in New Hampshire and wherever you are on your journey, The Doorway will connect you to the supports and the level of substance misuse care that’s right for you or your loved one’s, including:

  • Screening and evaluation
  • Treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Prevention, including naloxone
  • Supports and services to assist in long-term recovery
  • Peer recovery support services

Visit the website nhdoorway.org or call 211 to connect to live support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator

The NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator website lists treatment agencies and individual practitioners offering substance use disorder services, including evaluation (this is the first step to determine level of treatment needed), withdrawal management (detoxification), outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports and other types of services.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or if you or someone you know is experiencing a substance use or addiction-related crisis, call 2-1-1.

NH Recovery Hub

The NH Recovery Hub website provides a list of local recovery centers and their contact information.

SAMHSA National Helpline

The SAMHSA National Helpline, also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, is a free, confidential, 24 hour a day, 365 days a year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Services are available in English and Spanish. 

If you or someone you know needs help finding treatment or information on mental and/or substance use, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Program Directory

The SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Program Directory (by state) website includes a list of opioid treatment programs in each state and their contact information.

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator
The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator will help you find evidence-based care for your patients or clients.

  • For Your Practice – Build or expand your referral list. Use the Navigator to add some new, quality providers and programs in your area.
  • For Your Patients or Clients – Put some power in their hands. Share the Navigator directly with patients, clients, or their loved ones who wish to search on their own.

Other Resources

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Resources
The NH Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Resources guide contains information on MAT guidance, MAT quality planning, and Buprenorphine Waiver Training. MAT Community of Practice (MAT CoP) intends to promote and support the successful implementation of an integrated MAT approach in healthcare settings.
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

As the healthcare system continues to evolve and further advances are made in the development of medications to treat addictions, providers that offer a wider array of integrated healthcare services and that coordinate care effectively between multiple providers will be in high demand.

Center on Addiction
Center on Addiction developed education materials to assist practitioners in addressing substance use disorders and risky use of nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs. The materials contain practical, evidence-based information for screening, diagnosis, brief interventions, assessment, and treatment.
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