A Deeper Look into the World of Addiction – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

A Deeper Look into the World of Addiction

Madeline Wilten

Madeline Wilten

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Research Mentor(s): Aaron Rubio, President
Research Mentor School/College/Department: United Community Addiction Network,
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 6
Presenter: 3

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The United Community Addiction Network (UCAN) empowers those in the community of Genesee County, Michigan struggling with substance use disorders and addiction. UCAN networks with hospitals, law enforcement, the judicial system, schools, and other systems to evolve how people are treated and how professionals treat co-occurring disorders. They combine the community and clinical aspects of treatment to empower people and to help them find sobriety and reach their potential. Less than 10% of people in need of treatment are being treated for co-occurring disorders alongside their substance use disorder, which causes too many people to relapse and to lack the treatment and resources they need. UCAN is creating an interdisciplinary model for treatment across the world that gives people the resources they need and makes the recovery process easier and more manageable. Through this research project and the current work of UCAN, by analyzing data, we are able to identify gaps in multiple systems and create a cohesive program that addresses every aspect of substance abuse and provides every resource to those who need it.

Authors: Maddie Wilten, Aaron Rubio
Research Method: Community Based Research

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