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Substance use

Substance use is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

Addiction changes the brain. When addiction takes hold, the brain is rewired to function as if drugs and/or alcohol are life-or-death essentials for survival. It stops being a choice; it becomes a chronic, life-threatening disease like diabetes or arthritis.

But there is hope. Addiction care can be as effective as treatments for other diseases. There are many treatment models and levels of care to address the use or misuse of substances. Medication management, individual counseling, group counseling, residential and inpatient services, intensive outpatient counseling, and sober living facilities are all available to help a person work toward sobriety and maintain recovery.
 

For more information

National Institute on Drug Abuse: drugabuse.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: samhsa.gov

 

Helpful videos

Dr. Corey Waller: youtube.com/watch?v=bwZcPwlRRcc

Changing Minds: changingmindslarimer.org

 

Local resources

Adult Connections – 970-221-5551. Our behavioral health specialists are currently available by phone or videoconference. Please check to see when we will resume in-person appointments or walk-ins.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 101.

Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections (CAYAC) – 970-221-3308.
M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please call first for an appointment – no walk-ins.
425 W. Mulberry St., Suite 112.

North Colorado Health Alliance, Colorado Opioid Synergy–Larimer and Weld (CO-SLAW) – Helps connect to medication-assisted treatment and counseling services, northcoloradohealthalliance.org/co-slaw