Strengthening Drug Use Treatment and Recovery Services

Implementing Organization
CICAD
Description

This initiative aims to enhance countries capacity for implementing evidence-based drug use treatment and recovery services. The overall objectives are to build expertise in drug use treatment and recovery and to ensure the effective deployment of evidence-based interventions. The initiative will help address these existing gaps by providing targeted training in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Basic and Advanced Series, the Universal Recovery Curriculum (URC), the Women’s Intervention for Substance Exposure (WISE) Curriculum. In addition, this initiative will also develop networks and regional conferences for sharing best practices in treatment and recovery services.

Background

Though its Executive Secretariat, CICAD works to support member states build their capacity and develop evidence-based policies and programs that address the complex social, economic, and public health issues related to drug use. By promoting a comprehensive and evidence-based approach, CICAD aims to help member states reduce the harms associated with drug use and promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities throughout the Americas.

Accomplishments to Date

Trained professionals in the UTC, WISE, and URC enhancing their knowledge and skills in evidence-based drug use treatment and recovery.

Project Activities
  1. Strengthening Treatment Services:
    1. Training in Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) – Basic and Advanced Series
      The Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) provides a series of training materials for knowledge and skill development of treatment professionals. The aim of the training series is to reduce the significant health, social and economic problems associated with substance use disorders by building international treatment capacity through training, and so expanding the professional global treatment workforce.

      UTC is available through the basic and advanced series as well as with several specialist series that focus on populations with special needs, such as women, children, and persons in recovery. This initiative will focus on offering training for treatment professionals in both the UTC basic series and the UTC advanced series.

      There are 3 modalities of training available:
      1. Training of trainers (in person)
      2. Training of treatment practitioners (in person)
      3. Training of treatment practitioners (virtual)
    2. Training in the Curriculum on Women’s Intervention for Substance Exposure: Comprehensive Care for Substance Use Disorder (WISE) and Participation in the Women’s Treatment Network  
      To address substance use disorders among women and to help improve the quality of treatment for this particular population, two main initiatives are proposed:

      Training in the WISE Curriculum:
      The WISE Curriculum was created to increase understanding of women’s unique treatment needs and how to address them through practical knowledge and techniques. The four-course curriculum specifies how treating women for substance use disorders differs from treating those of men, and how to respond to women’s needs appropriately. It offers participants the tools and strategies to identify, assess, and treat women for substance use disorders with the goal of improving and optimizing outcomes and sustaining recovery.

      There are two modalities of training available:

      1. Training of trainers (in person)
      2. Training of practitioners (in person)

      Participation in Women's Treatment Network:
      The Women's Treatment Network focus is to offer a platform for the exchange of knowledge and best practices for the Americas regarding drug treatment for women.

  2. Strengthening Recovery Services:
    1. Training in Universal Recovery Curriculum (URC)
      Recovery from substance use disorders is more than just not using alcohol or other substances. It is more than just going through substance use disorder treatment. It is a long-term process of learning to live life and solve problems without alcohol or other drugs. Long-term support is often necessary for individuals with substance use disorders to achieve and sustain recovery.
      The URC curriculum focus on equipping participants with core competencies and skills to work as a recovery support professional. One course is designed for those individuals who themselves are in recovery from a substance use disorder and the other is for those individuals who do not identify as
      There are two modalities of training available:
      1. Training of trainers (in person)
      2. Training of practitioners (in person)
    2. Symposium on Recovery
      The goal of the symposium on drug use recovery is to help countries identify, share, and discuss best practices for developing/improving their recovery support systems.
Global Level Outcomes

Increased number of trained professionals in the UTC, URC, and WISE.

  • Improved knowledge and skills for the implementation of evidence-based drug use treatment and recovery programs.
  • Decreased prevalence of substance use.
  • Improved public health outcomes by reducing the incidence of drug-related illnesses, overdoses, and associated health complications.
National Level Outcomes

Increased number of trained professionals in the UTC, URC, and WISE.

  • Improved knowledge and skills for the implementation of evidence-based drug use treatment and recovery programs.
  • Decreased prevalence of substance use.
  • Improved public health outcomes by reducing the incidence of drug-related illnesses, overdoses, and associated health complications.

Current State Participants

OAS Member States

Contact

Isabella Araújo Senior Program Officer Demand Reduction Unit Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) Organization of American States (OAS) E-mail: iaraujo [at] oas [dot] org (iaraujo[at]oas[dot]org)