By: Cook County Public Health & Human Services
COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA October 16, 2021 (LSNews) In Cook County, the Department of Public Health and Human Services works in partnership with the Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program and community providers at Grand Portage Human Services and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic to serve individuals and families affected by addictions.
People from all backgrounds experience addiction. While the initial decision to use a drug or alcohol is often voluntary, the powerful effects of the addiction make it very difficult to stop even if someone wants to.
When drugs or alcohol are consumed so often that they have a significant negative impact on your life and you can no longer experience it in the quality that it was before, this is known as substance use disorder.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to helping a friend or family member who drinks too much, uses drugs, or deals with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play an important role in helping a loved one with mental disorders and substance use disorders.
When a family member has a mental disorder or addiction, it can affect more than just the person in need of recovery. There is evidence that some people are genetically predisposed to developing mental disorders and substance use disorders and are at greater risk due to environmental factors such as growing up in a home that has had a family member’s mental health or a history of substance use could be. Families should be open to the possibilities of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve the effectiveness of treatment by supporting the whole family.
It’s also important to remember that the particular challenges that arise from helping a loved one with a mental or substance-related disorder can be a burden. Therefore, caregivers should also take steps to prioritize their own health.
Family members may be more likely to notice when loved ones experience changes in mood or behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatments, resources, and services to begin and continue their journey of recovery.
For assistance for you or someone you love, contact the Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program at 218-387-3620, Grand Portage Human Services at 218-475-2453, or the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 218-387-2330.
Learn more about Wilderness’s outpatient treatment program and the PHHS department at the PHHS board meeting on October 19 at 8:30 am in the Cook County Commissioners Room. Follow us on Facebook @CookCountyPHHS to learn more about recovery resources in Cook County.
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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the border between the United States and Canada. By land, it is bordered by Ontario, Canada to the north and Lake County, MN to the west. The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain, is 2,301 feet and the highest lake, total area is 3,339.72 square miles
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