Substance Use




What is a severe Substance Abuse Disorder( aka addiction)?

"Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs." For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, click on "The Science of Addiction"

Monroe County Resources

Local Assistance through the Monroe County Opiod Task Force
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence- Rochester Area











Tobacco products contain some of the most addictive substances known to man. This and the social aspects of smoking make in a very difficult addiction to quit. If you do not smoke or chew, strongly consider the consequences if you start. If you do smoke or chew, consider the benefits of quitting. These include:

  • Cost: cigarettes are up to $5.00 a pack, this is money that could be used for something you really want or need.
  • Tobacco smoke stinks and stains your teeth. Chew stains your teeth and makes your breath smell awful.
  • Health risks: Smokers can’t run, they even have trouble climbing a flight of stairs. Smoking and chewing tobacco cause cancer of the lung and jaw.

Thinking About Stopping Smoking?
Pick up the phone and call:
New York State Smokers' Quitline
1-866-NYQUITS (1-866-697-8487)
NYS Smokers' Quitsite -


Caffeine is a stimulant that affects different people to different degrees. Be aware of what that friendly one, two or three cups of coffee, tea or cola can do. Know what products contain caffeine and which products affect you the most. Know your limits. If you are having difficulty sleeping, have no caffeinated products after 6 pm.

Other Drugs

Prescription Medicine, “Over the Counter" Medication, and Herbal remedies are DRUGS

Before taking any medications educate yourself. All medications have side effects and in some cases the side effects can outweigh the benefit of the medication. Ask your Doctor and Pharmacist, read the product information, or do your own research. Only you should decide if you want this drug.

Herbal remedies, while "natural," contain many of the same active ingredients and therefore the same risks as medications that are available by prescription or over the counter in pharmacies. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements contain many of the same ingredients that are in the foods we eat. Some are harmless and may be helpful, while others can be quite dangerous overloading your body's ability to process these agents. Unfortunately, there is very little scientific research on the safety and effectiveness of herbal remedies and supplements. Be cautious and become informed before trying these products.


What is it & how will it help me?
How much do I take & how often?
Are there any restrictions on what I can do while taking this medication?
Can any other foods or medications interact badly with this medicine?

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