One in seven people have a drug or alcohol addiction. When navigating the healthcare system to get treatment, many people with a substance use disorder have an experience that's often challenging, confusing, and inconsistent.
That's why the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is inviting anyone who has experience with a person's journey with substance use disorder to join the Mapping Patient Journeys in Drug Addiction Treatment challenge.
Participants will create a "journey map" to show the range of experiences people face on the road from addiction to recovery. NIDA will study the maps to learn more about a person's obstacles, interactions, and movement across the episodes of care in order to focus research efforts into alleviating these areas of difficulty.
The challenge offers up to three awards: $50,000 for first place, $30,000 for second place, and $20,000 for third place. Entries are due September 22.