Holding Hands

Addiction Medicine

Our staff has years of direct experience with Medications for Addiction Treatment including buprenorphine and extended release naltrexone, as well as prior experience with methadone in an OTP setting.  We have staff board certified in Addiction Medicine with experience working in a collaborative environment with peers, behaviorists, and primary care providers.  We are committed to the integration of behavioral and addiction medicine into primary care.  Synergy has nationally recognized experts on our staff to assist in that effort. 

Synergy supports addiction medicine and safe opioid prescribing through the use of the Six Building Blocks ©, which were developed as part of a research project on Team-Based Opioid Management. The Six Building Blocks have been adapted for the Oregon Health Authority Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) project and aligned with the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

The six building blocks are:

  • Leadership and consensus

  • Policies, patient agreements, and workflows

  • Tracking and monitoring patient care

  • Planned, patient-centered visits

  • Caring for complex patients

  • Measuring success



Services Provided:

1. Practice Facilitation: a supportive service provided to a primary care practice by a trained individual or team of individuals. Synergy’s practice facilitators use a range of approaches to build the internal capacity of a practice and enhance engagement in incremental and transformative improvement activities.

2. Educational Outreach: Synergy’s team of consultants offer content expertise on a wide range of topics. Educational Outreach is aimed at addressing identified barriers to change and tailored to meet the unique needs and questions of each practice setting.


3. Synergy provides support for health informatics services, including support in developing approaches to customizing Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems and strategies to measure and track outcomes. Synergy provides consulting services that can assist in developing informatics strategies, identifying available resources, and provide training in this key discipline.


4. Pioneered by National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) co-director Jerry Avorn, MD, Academic Detailing is an innovative, 1-on-1 outreach education technique that helps clinicians provide evidence-based care to their patients. Using an accurate, up-to-date synthesis of the best clinical evidence in an engaging format, academic detailers ignite clinician behavior change, which ultimately improves patient health.  A successful academic detailing visit is highly interactive, always a dialogue, and continuously assesses a clinician’s individual needs in order to promote better prescribing, screening, and patient education. NaRCAD is a program of the Division of Pharmcoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine and Brigham &Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).