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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about the Young HEROES Program. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

  1. Young HEROES (Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System)
  1. The HEROES program is an established research program that assists adults with opioid use disorder (OUD).+
  2. HEROES is for adults 18 and older, and the new Young HEROES program is for persons aged 13-17.
  1. Our city and nation are seeing higher numbers of opioid-related deaths and cases of opioid use disorder. The HEROES program and Young HEROES are our response to this epidemic. We hope that other healers will use our data to provide services to persons looking to recover from opioid addiction.
  1. Your information will be de-identified, meaning we will strip your name and other identifying information from results before publishing our findings. You will be assigned a patient number and will be only identifiable to persons other than study stuff by that number. We will store your data in a protected research database called REDCap.
  1. Not without your expressed written consent
  1. You can expect world-class treatment from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  2. Our services include:
    • i. Medication for opioid use disorder (or "MOUD") for patients 16 and older
    • ii. Peer recovery support services from certified peer support specialists (also known as recovery coaching)
    • iii. Unlimited individual counseling sessions with a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)
    • iv. Support groups (right now only for our adults, but youth groups are coming soon!)
  1. A peer support specialist, or recovery coach, is a person with lived experience with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Their role is to support you through all the ups and downs of your recovery journey.
  1. Persons aged 13-17
  2. Current opioid use and the desire to discontinue use
  1. The consent of a parent or legal guardian is required.
  1. Call 713-500-3624 to reach our research coordinator or our main line at 713-500-3597 to schedule an enrollment appointment.
  1. There is no cost to enroll in our program. The only associated cost is the cost of medication. We will prescribe your first prescription, and if you require continuous medication, we will refer you to one of our community partners for the medication aspect of your treatment. The initial prescription typically costs around $41.
  1. That will depend on your insurance situation. Without insurance, our community partners include Avenue 360, Pursuit of Hope, and Texas Clinic, among others. If you do have insurance, you have the option to see any MOUD provider within your network.
  1. We use Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) as it is safe and effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms, cravings and has a low potential for diversion and abuse.
  1. We do not formally discharge patients, so you can always lean on our team for support. You may require fewer services as you progress in your recovery, but we are always available to help.
  1. No, referrals are accepted but not required..
  1. Young HEROES is an outpatient program, meaning you will not stay overnight or live at the treatment facility.
  1. Please call our Research Coordinator, Meredith O'Neal, at 713-500-3624.