Primary care providers play an important role in identifying and treating patients with substance use disorder. Here are some tools and resources you can use as you care for these patients.
You can use screening tools to identify a patient with substance use disorder. Online screening tools include the following:
These tools help guide discussions about the substance frequency and severity, as well as provide guidance on reduction and abstinence.
If your patient has a substance use disorder, it is recommended you begin treatment within 7 days of the initial diagnosis.1 Appointments can be virtual or in person. You can also provide support by:
MAT is evidence-based treatment involving the use of FDA approved medication in combination with therapy to treat substance use disorders. The benefits of this treatment may include reduced cravings, increased periods of abstinence, and improved clinical outcomes. Patients who receive MAT are 50% more likely to remain sober, compared to those who receive detoxification or psychosocial treatment alone.
MAT medications include:
Substance use disorder helpline: 855-780-5955
To locate a behavioral health provider, including virtual visit providers, visit our provider directory or call the number on the back of the member’s ID card.