New Institute Tackles Substance Use and Related Disorders in San Antonio with Comprehensive Approach: Be Well Texas Initiative Brings Collaboration and Research-Based Treatment to Combat Rising Drug Overdoses

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

The Be Well Institute at UT Health San Antonio is a new initiative that focuses on substance use and related disorders. This institute brings advancements in research and evidence-based treatment to address addiction and related concerns. With support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network, the institute offers treatment options including psychological therapies, social and peer support, lifestyle counseling, community outreach, and educational initiatives.

The launch of this institute marks 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.

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 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 goal is to reduce stigma and support the recovery of patients through innovative research and local engagement.

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’s Translational Health Research Center to cover this important issue.

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