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UT Health San Antonio creates new program to enhance research and care for substance abuse


Apr 3, 2024

UT Health San Antonio has recently introduced the Be Well Institute, which focuses on substance use and related disorders. This new institute will bring advancements in research and evidence-based treatment to address addiction and related concerns. The Be Well Texas initiative is a key component of a comprehensive center that will utilize clinical and public health programs, education, and community engagement to tackle substance abuse issues. The institute aims to lead transformational change in addressing substance use disorders in Texas and nationwide, as stated by Robert A. Hromas, acting UT Health San Antonio president.

Bexar County ranks among the top three counties for drug-poisoning related deaths in 2022, based on Texas Health Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The initiative focuses on creating a compassionate and transformative care environment for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders. Through innovative research and local engagement, the goal is to reduce stigma and support the recovery of patients. The Be Well Institute is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network and receives federal funding. Treatment options include psychological therapies, social and peer support, lifestyle counseling, community outreach, and educational initiatives.

The launch of the institute signifies a new era of collaboration in this field of research, according to Founding Director Jennifer Potter. Stakeholders from various sectors, including academia, healthcare, and public organizations, are encouraged to participate in this crucial effort to enhance the lives of individuals and communities affected by substance use disorders. Gabriella Alcorta-Solorio, a health reporting intern for Texas Public Radio, is collaborating with Texas Community Health News through Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the university‚Äôs Translational Health Research Center.

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