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Substance Use

Overcoming Substance Use Disorder: Find Support and Treatment at NWFS

At NWFS, we understand the complexities of substance use disorder (SUD) and the impact it can have on individuals and their loved ones. If you or someone you know is struggling with SUD, we are here to help. Our programs are designed to provide the support and resources needed to connect individuals with counselors and other treatment options, empowering them to embark on a journey of recovery and regain control of their lives.

Understanding Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder is a challenging condition characterized by the uncontrollable use of substances despite the harmful consequences they bring. Whether it's alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, SUD can significantly impair a person's ability to function in their day-to-day life. Even when individuals are aware of the problems caused by substance abuse, they continue to use, often leading to severe addiction.

Effective Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Fortunately, effective treatments for substance use disorders are available, and recognizing the problem is the crucial first step toward recovery. While interventions by concerned friends and family can prompt treatment, self-referrals are always encouraged and welcomed. Our dedicated team of medical professionals will conduct a formal assessment to determine the presence of a substance use disorder and develop a personalized treatment plan.

At NWFS, we believe that a comprehensive approach is essential for successful recovery. We combine medication and individual or group therapy to address the multifaceted nature of SUDs. Medications can help control cravings, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and prevent relapses. Psychotherapy allows individuals to gain a deeper understanding of their behavior, develop higher self-esteem, learn effective coping strategies for stress, and address any co-occurring mental health issues.

How to Help a Friend or Family Member

If you suspect a loved one is struggling with substance use, we offer guidance on how to approach the situation. Educating yourself about addiction, expressing your concern and support, and encouraging early intervention are crucial steps. Avoid preaching or moralizing, but instead, provide specific examples of behavior that raise concern. Remember, recovery is an ongoing process, and your continued involvement and support can make a significant difference.

Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs)

Senate Bill 755 (2021) established Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs). A BHRN is an entity or group of entities working together to provide comprehensive, community-based services and supports to people with substance use disorders or harmful substance use. 

  • Each Oregon county and Tribal area has at least one BHRN. Before using grant funds to cover the cost of services to individuals, 
  • BHRNs must bill the individual's insurance if available.

Each BHRN must provide trauma-informed, culturally specific, and linguistically responsive services. Services include but are not limited to:

  • Screening for health and social service needs
  • Screening and referral for substance use disorder and appropriate outside services
  • Individualized intervention planning
  • Low-barrier substance use disorder treatment
  • Harm reduction services
  • Peer support services
  • Housing supports
  • Referral to appropriate outside services

It is the policy of the State of Oregon that screening, health assessment, treatment, and recovery services for drug addiction are available to all those who need and want access to those services.

Substance Use Programs