About Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
SUD, also known as addiction, is defined as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.” It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.
However, SUD can be successfully treated when people are able to access the resources they need. There are a variety of treatment options, including inpatient (short-term, often in a hospital setting), residential (longer-term, often in a group home setting), and outpatient (often weekly with a local counselor). See “Resources for Help” below.
Local Resources for SUD
Dial Help has a free, UP-wide Safety Net Program that helps people with SUD find and access treatment, develop safety plans, and connect to resources that support sobriety. You can enroll in the program or get more info by calling 800-562-7622, texting 35NEEDS (906-356-3337), or visiting their website.
Northcare Network manages funding to help pay for treatment. You can contact NorthCare toll-free at 888-333-8030 for an assessment to see if you are eligible.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers has a variety of inpatient and outpatient SUD treatment options. You can contact GLRC at 855-906-GLRC (855-906-4572).
Recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Smart Recovery can assist people in staying sober after treatment. You can find an AA group in your county here,or find a NA or Smart Recovery group by contacting Dial Help.