Integration refers to coordinating and integrating different elements of care to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment.
Integration can involve bringing together different types of treatment and services, such as behavioral health and medical care, to address the complex needs of individuals with substance use disorders. For example, integration may involve linking addiction treatment with primary care services, such as medical and psychiatric care, to ensure that patients receive full services to address their physical and mental health needs.
Integration can also involve incorporating evidence-based practices and programs into treatment settings, such as incorporating medications for addiction treatment into a primary care setting or using trauma-informed care approaches in addiction treatment. The goal of integration is to improve the effectiveness and impact of addiction treatment by addressing the multiple and interrelated needs of patients and ensuring that treatment is accessible, coordinated, and continuous across different settings and stages of care. Effective integration of addiction treatment can improve patient outcomes, reduce the risk of relapse and overdose, and promote long-term recovery.