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COOK COUNTY CONNECTIONS Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program

COOK COUNTY CONNECTIONS Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program

By: Cook County Public Health & Human Services

COOK COUNTRY, MINNESOTA   October 16 , 2021  (LSNewsIn Cook County, the Public Health and Human Services department, in partnership with Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program and community providers at Grand Portage Human Services and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, work to support individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder.

People from all backgrounds experience addiction. While the initial choice to use a drug or alcohol is often voluntary, the powerful effects of addiction make it very hard to stop, even if someone wants to.

When drugs or alcohol are used so often that they have significant negative effects on your life, making it unlivable to the quality it was before, this is called a substance use disorder.

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a friend or family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders.

When a family member is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, it can affect more than just the person in need of recovery. Evidence has shown that some people have a genetic predisposition for developing mental and substance use disorders and may be at greater risk based on environmental factors such as having grown up in a home affected by a family member’s mental health or history of substance use. Families should be open to the options of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve treatment effectiveness by supporting the whole family.

It is also important to remember that the unique challenges that come from helping a loved one with a mental or substance use disorder can be taxing, so caregivers should take steps to prioritize their own health as well.

Family members may be more likely to notice when their loved ones are experiencing changes in mood or behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.

If you or someone you love is looking for support, contact the Wilderness Outpatient Treatment program at 218-387-3620, Grand Portage Human Services at 218‐475‐2453 or the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic at 218-387-2330.

Learn more about the Wilderness Outpatient Treatment Program and the PHHS department at the October 19 PHHS Board Meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Cook County Commissioners Room. Follow us on Facebook @CookCountyPHHS to learn more about recovery resources in Cook County.

Source: SAMSHA.org

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 


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