Flora Farms can’t wait to supply the patients of Missouri with high-quality medical marijuana. Though marijuana is not generally thought of as addictive there are many substances that can cause negative addictive behavior. Understanding addiction can be the first step to helping you and your loved ones.

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain, which causes compulsive substance abuse (i.e., drugs and alcohol). Addiction is characterized as having the inability to stop despite the harmful complications and consequences that it can do to one’s health and those around them. These damaging and life-altering consequences are why it’s important to seek treatment for any  addiction.

Below, we’ve gathered the top addiction/substance abuse resources for Missouri residents.

Statistics on Substance Abuse

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 1,371 drug overdoses in Missouri, contributing to the 94 percent increase in deaths in 2016. In 2017, there were 952 overdose deaths­­­ involving opioids in Missouri—a rate of 16.5 deaths per 100,000 persons and higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons.

Resources

The Division of Behavioral Health

The Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) has programs around the state to help people with substance use disorders. There are programs for youth, adolescents and adults. If you or a loved one has a problem with substances, you can contact a treatment program for help. They can help you get the services you or a loved one needs.

If you would like more information, please contact the DBH at (573) 751-4942 or (800) 575-7480 or you may email them at dbhmail@dmh.mo.gov.

Suicide Prevention

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or want emotional support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).  The Lifeline is available for everyone, is free, and confidential.  For more resources on this topic visit: Suicide Prevention or Additional Resources.

Access Crisis Intervention

Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) provides access to services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. ACI will provide an opportunity for individuals to receive necessary behavioral health crisis services in an effort to reduce unnecessary interventions such as hospitalization or detentions. By calling the ACI hotline, individuals have access to behavioral health crisis services that are free and available to both youth and adults. For more information visit: Access Crisis Intervention.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

If you’re looking for a reputable national resource, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a great place to turn.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides free referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

More information regarding treatment options, treatment facilities, and other support services in Missouri can be found here