Aetna Behavioral Health “Stand By Me: Guidebook for supporting someone’s recovery from opioid misuse.”

Opioid misuse is a widespread problem which affects not only those who use, but also their friends, family and loved ones. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 652,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder. (source:

The Aetna Behavioral Health Team has prepared the attached Guidebook, “Stand By Me. Guidebook for supporting someone’s recovery from opioid misuse” as a resource for those who care for someone with an opioid problem. It includes:

  • What are opioids
  • Understanding opioid misuse
  • Warning signs and things to look for
  • Treatment options
  • Caring for yourself
  • Additional Resources

Health Trust members are encouraged to download a copy of the Guidebook.

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