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

Transforming Substance Use Disorder Care: The Launch of the Be Well Institute at UT Health San Antonio

The Be Well Institute, recently introduced by UT Health San Antonio, is a new center that focuses on substance use and related disorders. This institute brings together advancements in research and evidence-based treatment to address addiction and related concerns. As part of the Be Well Texas initiative, the institute aims to lead transformational change in addressing substance use disorders both in Texas and nationwide.

According to Texas Health Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bexar County ranks among the top three counties for drug-poisoning related deaths in 2022. The institute aims to create a compassionate and transformative care environment for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders through innovative research and local engagement. The goal is to reduce stigma and support the recovery of patients. The Be Well Institute is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network and receives federal funding.

Treatment options at the institute include psychological therapies, social and peer support, lifestyle counseling, community outreach, and educational initiatives. Founding Director Jennifer Potter believes that this new era of collaboration in this field of research signifies a crucial effort to enhance the lives of individuals and communities affected by substance use disorders. Stakeholders from various sectors, including academia, healthcare, and public organizations, are encouraged to participate in this effort through Texas Community Health News through Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the university’s Translational Health Research Center.

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