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National Addiction Treatment Week: Where to Go for Help in Hawai’i

Date: October 20th, 2022 in Community Outreach, JABSOM News    Print or PDF

This week is National Addiction Treatment Week.
Many times, people wanting to start their journey to recovery don’t know where to start.
The Hawai’i Society of Addiction Medicine (HSAM) created the Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory.
The Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory can be searched and filtered by island, population served, active buprenorphine prescribers, treatment type/setting, and Addiction Medicine board certified physicians.
It includes information gathered from national and local databases as well as a web search for addiction treatment facilities in Hawai’i. Each entry has been individually verified or updated. Consider the comprehensive directory a one-stop-shop for information.

Access the directory here

President of the Hawai’i Society of Addiction Medicine and JABSOM faculty member Angela Gough, DO, FASAM wrote more about HSAM’s Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory below:

The landscape of substance use disorder treatment in Hawai’i can be challenging to navigate. 
Multiple barriers reduce patients’ access to care, not the least of which is the challenge of finding
accurate information about available resources. Various entities have made efforts to address this
problem by compiling lists of treatment facilities, but each of these has its limitations. Many national
databases rely on providers to voluntarily submit their practice information or opt in to having their
facility listed. As a result, any treatment providers that do not actively engage with these databases are
excluded. Other directories include only those facilities that receive federal or state funds and omit any
that fall outside of that system. Finally, a unique problem presents itself when listing practitioners with a
DATA-2000 waiver, which grants authorization to prescribe the medication buprenorphine for opioid
use disorder. Most prescribers who carry a DATA-2000 waiver do not actually offer buprenorphine
treatment despite being permitted to do so, for various reasons. Therefore, lists of DATA-2000 waivered
providers do not usually give a true representation of buprenorphine treatment availability. 
Because of these limitations, information about addiction treatment resources is scattered,
incomplete, and often inaccurate. With these challenges in mind, the Hawai’i Society of Addiction
Medicine (HSAM) created the Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory. It includes information gathered
from national and local databases as well as a web search for addiction treatment facilities in Hawai’i,
and each entry has been individually verified or updated. The Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory can
be searched and filtered by island, population served, active buprenorphine prescribers, treatment
type/setting, and Addiction Medicine board certified physicians. Practitioners wishing to make referrals
can easily distribute Directory results using an embedded Print button, which generates a document
formatted for printing. Users can submit feedback if any inaccuracies are encountered via a form
available on the Directory, which will aid HSAM in maintaining the most up-to-date information. The
Hawai’i Addiction Treatment Directory addresses just one of many barriers to care, but any progress that
eases access to treatment is an important step forward. HSAM encourages providers and the general
public to share this resource with anyone who may benefit, with the hope that more people can find
their way to recovery.

Angela Gough, DO, FASAM, President of the Hawaii Society of Addiction Medicine

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