BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 

FACTS AND FURTHER READING

Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a health issue, not a moral issue. As such, treatment—in one form or another—is the solution. In addition, prevention is extremely important for community health. Read on to see why and learn more about people with addictions in Michigan and the rest of the US.  

US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Preventing substance abuse is one of the best ways to fight addiction issues in communities at large. In fact, the number one initiative of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services is preventing substance abuse and associated mental illness. Learn about it in their report here. (More information about prevention can be explored here.) 

PARTNERSHIP FOR DRUG-FREE KIDS

Prescription drugs have a profound effect on our nation, especially on youth. One in four teens in the US report abusing prescription drugs at least once. See one of many studies here

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES (NMSAS)

Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (NMSAS) reported in 2012, in Northern Michigan, people between the ages of 15 and 29 made up the large majority of treatment admissions for dependence to opiates (pain killers). You can see the facts here and get the breakdown of admissions for different substances.  

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

You can find a location for a behavioral health facility here