of a client... I enrolled in college
when my child was one year old. I did well
and earned a 4.0 GPA, but within a short time,
to keep up with the work, I started snorting
and smoking methamphetamine – I could
get away with two to three hours of sleep a
I did. Before long, I was smoking every day,
and when smoking lost its effect, I learned
to shoot up. Read more...
Drug and alcohol abuse
is a national public health problem that affects millions of people,
regardless of age, cultural background, or profession. In Washington
County, HSI is the hub of chemical health evaluations and recovery
care management. We receive numerous calls from people concerned
about their own drug or alcohol use, or from people who care about
someone who may be struggling with these issues. Typical concerns
drinks and drives
is using alcohol and/or drugs more than usual
is secretive or withdrawn about drinking and
has trouble with his or her job
has problems at home
spends more time with friends who drink or
use drugs than with family members
has stopped seeing certain friends
has money problems, borrows money, or runs up
charges on credit cards
has committed an alcohol or drug-related crime
If you are concerned about these symptoms in yourself or someone you care about,
consult with HSI. All members of our staff are licensed alcohol and drug
counselors, and are available to evaluate and help manage chemical use problems
through a variety of services, including:
and Case Management
Assessment and development of care management plans for adults,
adolescents, and their families.
Intensive Case Management
who are chronic substance abusers and high risk for relapse will
benefit from the support of intensive care management resulting
in a more independent lifestyle.
Evaluations of gambling related problems for court-ordered individuals.
Treatment and Aftercare
Referral and placement in a wide variety of treatment programs
Offering a referral for safe medical withdrawal from alcohol and
Choices for Recovery
Offered to men and women in the Washington County Jail and at HSI's
Stillwater, Forest Lake, and Cottage Grove offices for substance
treatment program for high-risk adolescents that require intensive
case management that allows them to stay at home and in their community.
Providing chemical health information to courts, social services, schools,
and other service providers
and Adolescent Insight Program
Offering chemical health education and evaluation for people who may be beginning
to experience chemical health-related problems
Caring by Sharing
Chemical health self-help support group to older and/or disabled
individuals and their families
Evaluations for civil commitment done in conjunction with Washington County
education and counseling as tools to help people who need help to
determine whether their alcohol or drug use is out of hand. If a
problem is discovered, our philosophy is that substance abuse is
a treatable illness with an excellent rate of recovery, and that
all individuals and families have a right to respectful treatment.
We also believe that when one person in a family is struggling with
their chemical use, the whole family is impacted, and support and
information can be critical for the wellness of all.
Last year, we helped nearly 4,000 persons to evaluate
and manage their chemical use problems.