Granite Wellness Centers offers Recovery & Wellness Series focused on Opioid Use Disorders and Medication Assisted Treatment | TheUnion.com

Granite Wellness Centers offers Recovery & Wellness Series focused on Opioid Use Disorders and Medication Assisted Treatment

Submitted by Granite Wellness Centers

In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. – CDC (Center for Disease Control).

According to a recent rural health survey, Nevada County is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with overdose rates tripling in the past 20 years. With these statistics in mind, it is imperative that we focus our attention on the recovery and wellness of the members in our community suffering from opioid use disorders. Ariel King Lovett, CEO at Granite Wellness Centers states, “Addressing the opioid crisis is a priority for Granite Wellness Centers. We are doing this through a robust strategy that includes prevention education, access to treatment and recovery services, including medication assisted treatment, and promoting the use of overdose reversing drugs. We are especially focused on young people. Our efforts are collaborative, partnering with state and local agencies including schools, local government, healthcare providers, and young people and their families.” Through GWC’s Recovery and Wellness Series, an informative bi-monthly no-cost education and information platform on substance use, and topics to enrich recovery, health and wellness for our rural Nevada County community, GWC’s commitment is to increase community awareness about the importance of locking up and safely disposing of prescription opioid medications, preventing teens from initiating opioid use, and ensuring families, teens and the broader community know about treatment options and how to access them.

Recovery & Wellness Series

Our next Recovery & Wellness Series, Opioid Use Disorders and Medication Assisted Treatment, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at our Grass Valley Campus located at 180 Sierra College Drive. This FREE event will focus on local data, strategies and resources to prevent and treat opioid use disorders. The discussion includes current, ongoing and upcoming efforts in prevention, treatment, and recovery. There will be presentations by Nevada County Public Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler and Granite Wellness Medical Team members, Dr. Scott Kellermann and Alexa Curtis, FNP. Free NARCAN Training & Distribution will be provided by Granite Wellness Centers Medical Services Coordinator, Michelle Otten.

Please contact Serenity Madison at 530-273-9541, ext. 217 or smadison@corr.us to register soon as space will fill up quickly.

ABOUT Granite Wellness Centers

Granite Wellness Centers (GWC), formerly Community Recovery Resources, has been providing substance use disorder prevention, treatment and education services continuously since 1974, and mental health services since 2002. The agency has solid experience and demonstrated success providing substance use disorder treatment and related supports for adults, adolescents and families and coordinating community based prevention coalitions. With a focus toward removing barriers to successful recovery and access to effective substance abuse and mental health services, GWC provides comprehensive recovery and wellness services for adolescents, adults, and families to help recover from substance abuse and related behavioral health issues. At any given time, about 1,800 individuals are enrolled in GWC programs (across two counties, Placer and Nevada). Recognizing an opportunity to end the generational cycle of substance abuse and poverty, GWC has developed quality programs focused on reducing the social, health, and financial impact on our families and children from all types of drug abuse. This holistic, strengths-based approach to treatment has proven efficacy and provides excellent outcomes.

Information on opiate use disorder prevention and treatment resources, including medication assisted treatment is available at Granite Wellness Centers by calling 1-855-HOPE-4-YOU or visit http://www.granitewellness.org .

Safer non-opioid alternatives for pain management:

Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your pain that do not involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may actually work better and have fewer risks and side effects. Depending on the type of pain you are experiencing, options may include:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)

Cognitive behavioral therapy – a psychological, goal-directed approach in which patients learn how to modify physical, behavioral, and emotional triggers of pain and stress

Exercise therapy, including physical therapy

Exercise and weight loss

Other therapies such as acupuncture and massage


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