Virtual support groups offer connection and convenience Throughout this spring and summer on Friday nights, people in recovery from substance use disorder and those who support them have gathered – as many as two dozen at a time – for a dance party. They dance in their living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Some partygoers turn […]

Health Department Launches VTHelplink Referral Resource to help people with substance use disorder access services during the COVID-19 crisis The Vermont Department of Health has launched VTHelplink, a new, single-source clearinghouse for Vermonters to receive free, confidential and personalized information and referrals to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout the state. “The global pandemic has […]

Grant supports creation of new curriculum for future physicians at Larner College of Medicine In 2013, the pioneering efforts of John Brooklyn, MD, UVM clinical associate professor of family medicine, catapulted Vermont into the spotlight as a national leader in the treatment of opioid use disorder with the state’s launch of the “hub and spoke” model.  […]

It was 2013, and a young man with opioid use disorder was invited to a meeting of senior leaders from the UVM Medical Center, government agencies and community organizations to share his story about the impact of a lack of treatment capacity in Chittenden County. He represented the hundreds of people on waiting lists at […]