Substance Abuse Recovery Resources

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Substance abuse refers to the misuse or overuse of drugs or alcohol, leading to negative physical, emotional, and social consequences. This can lead to addiction, a chronic brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful outcomes.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, explore our community resources.

Peer Support Resources

Peer support specialists/recovery coaches are people who have life experience in recovery from substance use and/or a mental health disorder. Learn more on our Peer Support Resources page.

Today’s the Day

Today is a great day to start talking to your friends and loved ones about substance use. 

Today's a Great Day/Good News pamphlet (PDF)

Determining If You Are Struggling With Substance Abuse or Addiction

Substance Abuse Signs

Substance abuse involves the use of illicit drugs or the misuse of legal substances. It often starts as experimental use or to cope with stress, pain, or emotional issues. Repeated and excessive substance use can lead to tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction.

For additional information, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

Addiction Signs

Addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug and/or alcohol-seeking behavior and a loss of control over substance use. It affects the brain's reward system, making individuals prioritize drug use over other important aspects of life. Addiction can harm physical health, mental well-being, relationships, work, and/or academic performance. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or an addiction problem, you can learn more on the Signs of an Addiction page.

Substance Abuse Treatment Options

You have control over your life. The journey to long-term sobriety and well-being involves multiple stages, including acknowledging the problem, seeking help, and making positive lifestyle changes. Recovery is often supported through various treatment approaches and support systems. Browse our treatment options.

  • Counseling and Therapy: A host of therapy approaches and strategies are used to help individuals adapt, change or even improve behaviors and/or symptoms of their mental health to live happier, more fulfilling lives. This can include psychotherapy treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and more. 
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): The use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Visit the MAT page for more information. 
  • Non-Face-to-Face Recovery Support Options
  • Peer Support: Peer support specialists/recovery coaches are people who have life experience in recovery from substance use and/or a mental health disorder. Learn more on our Peer Support Resources page
  • Support Groups: Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences.

Take the next step in your journey of your sobriety. If you or someone you know needs information about behavioral health, mental health, and/or substance use issues, please consult the Community Resources Directory below. We encourage you to seek professional advice and consultation when affected by these concerns.

View the Community Resources Directory online or download the full directory in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF).

Reaching the Crisis Line 

Kenosha Human Development Services (KHDS) offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day seven days a week. Call (262) 657-7188 if you or someone you know is in a crisis. Your call will be answered by a live, local person. Our well-trained dedicated crisis staff provide face-to-face interventions and/or phone counseling in crisis situations.

Not in Crisis? Contact the Behavioral Health Resource Center 

The Resource Center is located at 3536 52nd St, Kenosha. The phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday; doors open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Everyone is welcome to call or come in during operating hours to use our available services as often as they need. No appointment necessary.

Additional Resources

Visit the What is Fentanyl? page to learn about this dangerous and deadly synthetic opioid.

Narcan and fentanyl test strips, which allow for the testing of other substances for the presence of fentanyl, are available from Kenosha County Public Health. View the Narcan Distribution Program page for more information.