New federal effort aims to help drug users fight addiction

With decades of drug rehabilitation programs to its credit, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) recently kicked off a new program designed to help substance abusers overcome addiction.

Gathering industry experts from the U.S. and overseas, the INL assembled a working group from several government agencies including Health and Human Services (HHS); the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the United Nations; the Colombo Plan and the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as civic organizations, a State Department release said.

Dubbed the Expert Working Group, representatives collaborated to develop a science-based curriculum designed to decrease the number of relapses among drug users along with providing tangible support resources.

“The curriculum will equip substance use professionals – in U.S. towns struggling with opioids, as well as overseas – with hands-on, practical, and evidence-based recovery methods,” the State Department said in the release.

The group plans to dispatch the program globally under the umbrella of the State Department’s existing signature program, the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC),  and will encourage those in recovery to become mentors for others struggling with addiction.

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