Substance Use

NEW! Join the Community Reinforcement and Family Training Group

Flyer with details about the group training to support those struggling with a loved one’s addict Opens in new windowAre you struggling with a loved one's addiction? This group is led by health professionals to connect and support each other. It is an evidence-based practice working with family members/friends who are seeking help for their loved ones who are suffering from addiction. Learn to take care of yourself and your family while motivating your loved one to enter or stay in treatment.

We will start meeting Thurs., January 30 from 6:30-9 p.m. Dinner and childcare provided.

How do I get connected and register?

Register online through Eventbrite or call Tracey Ritter at 720-939-5606.
Space is limited.

What is Substance Use?

Substance use is the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including illicit drugs, and misused prescription drugs. It also includes the use of substances like alcohol, tobacco products and marijuana.

Repeated substance use can lead to dependence, which typically includes a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling use, persisting in use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state.

Substance Use Disorders

Drug use and substance use disorders (SUDs) affect millions of Americans. In 2014, nearly 27 million people in the United States were current users of illicit drugs or misused prescription drugs, and almost 67 million people smoked or used other harmful tobacco products.

People with addiction should not be blamed for suffering from the disease. All people make choices about whether to use substances. However, people do not choose how their brain and body respond to drugs and alcohol. Treatment and recovery is possible, and millions of people seek treatment and live healthy, positive lives in recovery.

Substance Use Policies and Public Health

Policies which influence the levels and patterns of substance use and related harm can significantly reduce related public health problems. Interventions at the health care system level can also work towards the restoration of health in affected individuals.

Tri-County Health Department works at the local level to address substance use among adults and youth.

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