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  • Drug abuse is a pervasive problem in our society. While access to drug abuse treatment programs in large cities is quite good, rural communities are lacking in structured treatment programs designed specifically to deal with drug abuse problems.
  • The University of Vermont (UVM) offers comprehensive and free drug abuse treatment services to residents of Chittenden County and surrounding areas through the Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC).
  • The SATC has several ongoing clinical trials under the direction of Drs. Stephen Higgins, Sarah Heil, and Stacey Sigmon of the UVM Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. These trials are funded by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and offer free and confidential treatment for individuals who have problems with cocaine, opiate, or nicotine dependence.
  • Clients who enter the SATC program participate in outpatient treatment that lasts from several months to a year. Individuals are required to attend counseling sessions 1-2 times each week and provide urine samples 2-3 times per week.
  • Counseling programs use a behaviorally oriented approach designed to achieve drug abstinence through systematic changes in lifestyle, with careful attention to vocational, family, social, and recreational issues.
  • Pharmacological treatment (e.g., buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone) can also be available for treatment of opiate dependence.

For more information about substance abuse, please consult the resources on our links page. We encourage individuals interested in any of the UVM SATC's treatment programs to contact us.

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