Understanding Connections Between Substance Use and Other Life Problems

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New online courses from Hazelden Betty Ford help people see how marijuana, alcohol and other substance use may be affecting their lives CENTER CITY, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New online education courses offered by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation aim to help people who are questioning or confused about their substance use, or beginning to experience negative consequences such as understand how marijuana, alcohol and other substance use can contribute to a myriad of life problems and how to make changes to prevent future consequences and reduce ongoing risks. “We want to help people recognize and address substance use issues as early as possible by providing them with an accessible, low-threshold opportunity to—first and foremost—learn and understand more about substance use disorders and how to prevent, mitigate and overcome them,” said Heidi Martell, an experienced addiction and mental health counselor who supervises Hazelden Betty Ford’s Risk Reduction Education Program. “Addiction is an all-too common health condition but it’s one that often develops over time and is harder to recognize in oneself than other illnesses—especially early in its progression—which is why information, education and motivation are so important to taking those first steps toward any kind of change.” Led by a certified instructor, the new courses are offered online in variable durations, ranging from eight to 24 hours, including a 12-hour cannabis-specific course. They are available nationwide and to people around the globe, utilizing Prime for Life®, an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pretreatment program specifically designed for adults who make high-risk choices. With a self-directed version on the way, these courses will become the newest offerings in Hazelden Betty Ford’s growing catalog RecoveryGo® telehealth solutions. “Historically, most substance use services have been designed to help those in late-stage addiction who have hit some sort of ‘rock bottom,’ which is like waiting until people…

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