Kane County Health Department
Tools and Resources for Opioid Overdose Prevention

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Your path to recovery is unique. Treatments may consist of any combination of resources at different points in time.

There are systems that are embedded in a broader community and the support provided by various parts of that community also play an important role in supporting the recovery of people with substance use disorders.

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Educate Yourself – Support

There are four major dimensions that support a life in recovery: Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support...

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Support Communities

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.

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Stories

This is a space where families, friends, or those recovering can share their story to help other people who feel hopeless and alone in their struggles. It could be the catalyst another person needs to finally get help.

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Questions

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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.

How effective is drug use disorder treatment?

In addition to stopping drug abuse, the goal of treatment is to return people to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community. According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning. For example, methadone treatment has been shown to increase participation in behavioral therapy and decrease both drug use and criminal behavior. However, individual treatment outcomes depend on the extent and nature of the patient’s problems, the appropriateness of treatment and related services used to address those problems, and the quality of interaction between the patient and his or her treatment providers.