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David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM, explained to NCAD attendees how technology platforms can help providers overcome obstacles to adopting contingency management programs that have been proven to effectively augment traditional treatment modalities.
A recently published study of 2017 data found that 60% of residential treatment centers in the U.S. offered zero medications for opioid use disorder and just 15% of patients had an MOUD as part of their treatment plan.
At NCAD, Kevin McCauley, MD, explained to NCAD attendees how, much like aviation safety checklists help Navy pilots avoid mishaps, recovery plans protect individuals in addiction treatment stay sober when they otherwise might struggle to make proper decisions.
Although many treatment centers are under-resourced, Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, said in her NCAD session that trauma must be addressed as a root cause of many addiction disorders.
Concerns over patient isolation, staff safety and licensing reciprocity between states as a means to address a shortage of care providers during a crisis were among the COVID-19-related topics discussed by a panel of industry leaders during a Friday morning session at the virtual National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

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