Kane County Health Department
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Now is the time to focus on getting well. The Kane County Health Department appreciates that you understand that you have a problem, and you want to get help. We want you to get better as soon as possible because the earlier your substance use disorder is treated, the better. We are here to listen, to guide, and to offer assistance as you make important decisions. Our concern is your well being. We don’t know what you’re going through – just let us know when you’d like to talk.

Steps To Get Started

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Find A Location

Try out this user friendly map or Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) 1-800-487-4889 (TTY)

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Educate Yourself

Here you can find Information on all drugs of abuse for educational purposes

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Stick With It

Locate a local AA, NA, CA, SMART Recovery, or Al-Anon self help group.

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Signs Of A Substance Use Disorder

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Dealing with Denial, Shame and Fear

What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem? Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else....

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Affordable Treatment

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Getting Care

Behavioral approaches help engage people in drug abuse treatment, provide incentives for them to remain abstinent, modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse, and increase their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and...

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Keeping Treatment Private

At times, health care providers need to share mental and behavioral health information to enhance patient treatment and to ensure the health and safety of the patient or others.  Parents, friends, and other caregivers of individuals with a mental health condition or substance use disorder...

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Educate Yourself – Help

Drug Abuse Resources Alcohol Club Drugs Cocaine Fentanyl Hallucinogens Heroin Inhalants Marijuana MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) Methamphetamine Opioids Over-the-Counter Medicines Prescription Medicines Steroids (Anabolic) Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts) Tobacco/Nicotine and E-cigs Other Drugs

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Stick with it

Resources for Recovery Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship whose stated purpose is to enable its members to "stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety." Cocaine Anonymous Twelve-step program for people who seek recovery from drug addiction Narcotics Anonymous Society of men and women for whom drugs...

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Questions

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How do I know if I have a substance use disorder?

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Why can’t I quit on my own?

Repeated drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control. These and other changes can be seen clearly in brain imaging studies of people with drug addictions. These brain changes explain why quitting is so difficult, even if you feel ready.

How much does a treatment program cost?

Your health insurance may cover substance abuse treatment services. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensures that health plan features like co-pays, deductibles, and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits than they are for medical and surgical benefits. The Affordable Care Act builds on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services as one of ten essential health benefits categories. Under the essential health benefits rule, individual and small group health plans are required to comply with these parity regulations.

How do I find a treatment center?

If I want help, where do I start?

Asking for help is the first important step. Visiting your doctor for a possible referral to treatment is one way to do it. You can ask if he or she is comfortable discussing drug abuse screening and treatment. If not, ask for a referral to another doctor. You can also contact an addiction specialist. There are 3,500 board-certified physicians who specialize in addiction in the United States. The American Society of Addiction Medicine website has a Find a Physician feature on its home page. The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry also has a Patient Referral Program.

Where can I find information on specific drugs?

Many misused drugs can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. Most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby; pregnancy-related issues are listed in the chart below for drugs where there is enough scientific evidence to connect the drug use to specific negative effects.

Commonly Abused Drugs Chart