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Our Approach

The drug overdose epidemic has touched thousands of individuals, families and communities, and it is not a standalone problem. 

West Virginia University’s vision is to provide resources to address the immediate issue of addiction – and to greatly strengthen our efforts to improve the state’s economy, repair the deteriorating fabric of our communities and rally people in the fight against hopelessness and despair.

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We approach the opioid emergency as a complex system problem that requires the coordination of an array of clinical services, primary prevention programs, educational opportunities and population health initiatives.

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Activities include short-, medium- and long-term treatment, recognition and healing of individual and intergenerational trauma and longer-term resilience building (individual, community, organizational) as key opportunities to improve outcomes in addiction and in chronic disease management and prevention.

Part of the nation’s first cohort of programs to achieve accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in addiction medicine training, the School of Medicine offers addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellowships that are committed to offering mentorship and research opportunities. 

Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Mental Health and Addiction Studies or a minor in Addiction Studies.

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The Strengthening Training for Addiction Recovery (STAR) Project, funded by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and in conjunction with the West Virginia Statewide Opioid Response, is working to grow and improve the West Virginia social work workforce to intervene in opioid use disorder (OUD), and other substance use disorders (SUD), in meaningful and measurable ways. Through STAR, the WVU School of Social Work provides training and education experiences for enrolled students and social work professionals.

The Center of Excellence for Addiction Medicine is a central station that connects information to providers, those seeking help, and those that are interested in learning about treatment for medications for opioid use disorder. The Center’s goal is to increase the quantity of addiction education and training throughout the state of West Virginia, and to provide quality access to its residents.