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LVHN receives Champion of Service Award

Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO•A) awarded Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) with a Champion of Service Award to honor the LVHN Linkage to Treatment Program that provides patients access to treatment for substance use disorder (SUD).

Champion of Service awards are presented by PRO•ּּA, an organization established in 1998 to give a voice to the recovery community statewide. The award recognizes exceptional service in a “warm hand-off” by connecting an individual and his or her family with drug and alcohol treatment and resources, as well as for service system engagement.

What is Substance Use Disorder?

SUD is a treatable condition that occurs when a person’s use of alcohol or other potentially addictive substances (drugs) leads to health issues or difficulty functioning at work, school or home.

Your brain has reward centers that are triggered by activities you enjoy such as hobbies, relationships or work. However, the use of addictive substances changes how your reward center reacts to these activities. Your brain is quicker to respond to an addictive substance. This makes it hard to feel pleasure from anything besides a drug or alcohol. This shift disrupts daily life.

LVHN Linkage to Treatment Program

The Linkage to Treatment Program serves LVHN emergency departments, inpatient units and patients receiving outpatient care. The program has specialized offerings, including medication for addiction treatment, services for pregnant women and women with children, harm-reduction programs and stigma education outreach. This program helps thousands of people engage in care and begin the journey into recovery.

People struggling with SUD can feel desperate, as if there is no way out. Recovery from SUD is highly probable with a viable medical, behavioral and recovery support plan from qualified health care professionals.