Substance Use Disorder

People use substances for a variety of reasons. It becomes drug abuse when people use illegal drugs or use legal drugs inappropriately. This includes the repeated use of drugs to produce pleasure, alleviate stress, and/or alter or avoid reality. It also includes using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed or using someone else’s prescription.  The initial decision to take drugs is mostly voluntary. However, when addiction takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired. Addiction occurs when a person cannot control the impulse to use drugs even when there are negative consequences—the defining characteristic of addiction. These behavioral changes are also accompanied by changes in the brain  and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.

Brain-imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of an addicted person.

Every year, illicit and prescription drugs and alcohol contribute to the death of more than 90,000 Americans, while tobacco is linked to an estimated 480,000 deaths per year.

Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction: The Basics.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics.

Jul
25
Thu
Medication Assisted Treatment: MAT 8-Hour Waiver Training
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training is designed for healthcare professionals treating individuals with opioid use disorders. This training is required for physicians to be able to apply for the waiver from the Drug Enforcement Agency to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Nurse Practitioners and Physician assistants are required to complete 24 hours of training including this 8-hour MAT training.

https://www.womensconsortium.org/mat

Aug
6
Tue
NAMI Young Adult Connection Facilitator Training @ Meriden Public Library
Aug 6 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

If you are a young adult (ages 18-29) in recovery from a mental health condition, trauma, and/or other life-interrupting challenge(s) who would like to receive this FREE support group facilitator training, please apply now.

For a flyer suitable for printing/posting/sharing, please visit: http://bit.ly/2XmsVRv

Aug
7
Wed
Narcan and QPR Training – Killingworth Fire House @ Killingworth Fire House
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Training will include:

  • Overdose Prevention Strategies
  • Signs and Symptoms of Overdose
  • How to Administer Naloxone
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Support Information and Resources
  • Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention

Registration is appreciated, walk-ins welcome! Narcan kits are available to those who are uninsured. Please bring you insurance & card.

Please RSVP to: Lindsey at Preventioncoordinator@hkyfs.org or 860-345-7498 ext. 3

Aug
14
Wed
Naloxone Training HVCASA @ American Medical Response
Aug 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Naloxone Training Schedule

Naloxone (Narcan®) is the medication that REVERSES an opioid overdose.

All training sessions will include risk factors & prevention strategies, signs & symptoms of overdose, how to administer naloxone, Good Samaritan Law, and treatment/support resources.

JUNE 2019
MORNING Wednesday 6/5 8:30 – 10:00 AM
EVENING Wednesday 6/5 6:00 – 7:30 PM

JULY 2019
MORNING Wednesday 7/10 8:30 – 10:00 AM
EVENING Wednesday 7/10 6:00 – 7:30 PM

AUGUST 2019
MORNING Wednesday 8/14 8:30 – 10:00 AM

TO RSVP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
CNVRAC1@famintervention.com

– PLEASE BRING YOUR PRESCRIPTION INSURANCE CARD –
KITS AVAILABLE THROUGH MOBILE PRESCRIBER & DMHAS GRANT

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME, BUT PLEASE BE ON TIME AT START OF SESSION!

ALL TRAINING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sep
19
Thu
QPR & NARCAN Training Ellington
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Training will include:

  • Overdose prevention strategies
  • Signs and symptoms of overdose
  • How to administer naloxone (NARCAN)
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Support information and resources
  • Learn the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond
  • Participants will receive a FREE NARCAN Kit after completion of the training

Registration is required—space is limited
For more info and to register, please email dstauffer@ellington-ct.gov or call Ellington Youth Services at 860-870-3130 by September 16th.

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