Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorders (SUD), also known as a drug use disorders, involve the overuse of, or dependence on, a drug leading to effects that are harmful to the individual's physical and mental health, or the welfare of others. Addiction represents the most severe form of the disorder that reveals a pattern of adverse social concerns related to drug use, such as failure to meet work, family, or school obligations, interpersonal conflicts, or legal problems. SUD are significant in rural communities with rapidly growing rates of opioid abuse and overdose, and a lack of sufficient treatment services impacted by professional shortages, facilities and resources for treatment at hospitals, clinics and behavioral health centers.    

Rural providers are working to address the issue through prevention and treatment. A number of new funding programs and resources have been created to address the Opioid Epidemic throughout the US and specifically in rural areas which are impacted more significantly than urban areas.