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Substance Use Navigator


Guiding the Path to Recovery

At ITS, we understand that the journey to recovery from opioid use disorder is often complex and challenging. Our Substance Use Navigator (SUN) resource is a testament to our commitment to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and professional care for individuals grappling with addiction.

What is a Substance Use Navigator (SUN)?

A substance use navigator assists patients who suffer from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), as well as other substance-related issues. The navigator works closely with nurses, physicians, and social workers to change the culture around addiction.

Collaborative Care for Comprehensive Recovery

Our SUNs work seamlessly with the hospital care team to provide holistic care for patients struggling with opioid use disorder. This collaborative approach allows us to address not only the physical manifestations of addiction but also the underlying psychological factors.

Compassionate Care in the Hospital Setting

Within the hospital setting, our SUNs ensure that each patient receives compassionate, dignified care. They serve as advocates for patients, liaising between them and the medical team to ensure their needs are understood and met. This advocacy extends beyond medical care to encompass emotional support, helping patients navigate the complexities of their situation with empathy and understanding.

A Game Plan for Post-Hospital Treatment and Recovery

  • But our SUNs’ role doesn’t end at the hospital doors. Recognizing that recovery continues long after a hospital stay, they work diligently to create a robust game plan for each patient’s treatment and recovery post-discharge. This plan is tailored to the individual’s unique needs and circumstances, ensuring it is both achievable and effective.
  • This game plan may incorporate:
    • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT combines medication with counseling and behavioral therapies, offering an integrated approach to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.
    • Counseling Services: Counseling provides a safe space for individuals to explore their emotions, understand their triggers, and develop coping strategies.
    • Peer Support Groups: Peer groups offer the chance to connect with others who have experienced similar struggles, fostering a sense of community and shared understanding.
    • Community Resources: We connect patients with a range of community resources, from housing assistance to vocational training, helping them rebuild their lives beyond addiction.
  • At Intensive Treatment Systems, our SUNs are more than just a resource—they’re a lifeline, guiding individuals through the complexities of opioid use disorder treatment and recovery. Trust us to navigate the path to recovery with you, because every step forward is a step towards a healthier, happier life.