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.

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Adolescent Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (A-SBIRT) is a comprehensive, evidence-based public health practice for early intervention. A-SBIRT

identifies, reduces, and prevents problematic substance use in adolescents at risk or with current substance use disorders. In this half-day course, you will learn how to identify problematic substance use that increases risks for physical and emotional health problems, disease, injuries, poor job performance, and family and social problems and help to decrease its impact.

To register, click here.

Naloxone Training Southington @ Southington Police Department
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn about addiction and how to administer the opioid reversal drug Naloxone (known as Narcan).  All participants will leave with a Naloxone kit.

Pre-registration required.

Call 860-276-6272 or email

Southington Naloxone Training @ Southington Police Department
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
NARCAN TRAINING @ Rockville Public Library
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how to prevent an overdose with Narcan at our free training!

This training will cover:

  • Overdose prevention strategies
  • Signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • How to administer Narcan/Naloxone
  • Overdose prevention legal rights
  • Support information and resources


There are a limited number of Narcan kits available.

Priority will be given to those who register in advance.

To register or get more information, contact Holly at

Narcan Training Madison @ Madison Senior Center
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Training includes:

  • Overdose Prevention Strategies
  • Signs and Symptoms of Overdose
  • How to administer Naloxne
  • Good Samaritan Law
  • Support Information and Resources

Registration is required.  Phone 203-245-5645 or email

Narcan Training Ellington @ Ellington Youth Services
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

For more info, click here.

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