Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from many walks of life at any stage of life. Both illnesses are common and often serious, but treatable.
Many individuals use alcohol or take medications as prescribed. But a fraction of those individuals will develop a substance use disorder (SUD), also commonly called addiction.
SUD is considered a brain disease because substance use changes how the brain functions in some individuals. SUDs typically develop over time and with continued substance us, the brain is impaired in areas regarding reward, stress, decision-making, memory, and impulse control.
As mentioned, mental health and substance use disorders are both treatable. With the adequate amount of time and recovery support plans, brain scans have shown impaired parts of the brain can get better.
Morrow County agencies work together with different programs regarding prevention, treatment and recovery to provide services for all stages of mental health and substance use disorders. The Drug & Alcohol Awareness and Prevention (DAAP) of Morrow County is a coalition with a mission to bring drug and alcohol awareness to the community through educational programs, speakers, and organized events. DAAP collaborates with other individuals in the community to reduce the misuse/abuse of medication and underage drinking in Morrow County through programs such as Parents Who Host, Lose the Most, Hidden in Plain Sight, and The Medication Project.
Recovery and Prevention Resources provides a 10-week evidence/research based substance abuse program to K-9 grade students.
Syntero provides intervention and prevention services in Morrow County Schools.
Please see the Additional Resources section below for more information on local agencies working with treatment, recovery, and prevention.