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Substance use

Substance use affects the health of millions of Americans. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF), two-thirds of Americans over the age of 12 in 2014 said they drank alcohol in the previous year. The misuse of prescription drugs is also a growing problem.

Substance use is a factor in many health issues. It is also a major cause of early death. There are programs and other resources that can help if you or a loved one is suffering from substance use.

What you can do

There are programs and support services that can help you overcome substance use. Call 1-888-276-2020 to find out what resources are available to you as a First Choice member.

  • Know the risks:
    Substance use can cause many health issues. It can be a factor in both physical and mental health problems. Learn more about the dangers of substance use at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
  • Get medical treatment:
    The first step in beating substance use is to get help. You can call the SAMHSA hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to find a drug treatment center near you.
  • Remember you are not alone:
    Millions of Americans suffer from substance use. Your family and community can help you beat substance use and stay healthy. There are also many programs and resources that will give you support and advice.