Chemical Health Overview

Substance Abuse and Dependence This family of mental health conditions includes effects of a drug of abuse, a medication, or a toxin. There are 10 categories of substance-related disorders in…

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Identification and Diagnosis

The Continuum of Chemical Health Chemical health isn't always black or white, using or not using. It falls on a continuum that describes frequency or patterns of use. Abstinence: No…

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About Specific Chemicals

Marijuana/ Cannabis [Depressant] THC, pot, hash, cannabis, grass, joint, dope, weed, reefer, nail, green and Mary Jane alter mood and perception. Marijuana’s active ingredient is called THC. The higher the…

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Risk Factors

Chemical health issues cut across the board in regards to gender, race, age, geographic location and socio-economic status.  They don’t discriminate.  However, there are risk factors that can increase the…

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Classroom Challenges

Crisis Intervention Substance Abuse or Dependence Common sense will dictate that if a student comes to class high or drunk, you should send him or her home via safe transportation.…

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Instructional Strategies

See Mental Health Instructional Strategies section and Chemical Health Treatment and Support Group Information Section labeled Successful Individual and Group Sessions.

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Assessments

What is involved? A Chemical Health assessment, also known as a Rule 25 assessment, is the tool that chemical health assessors use to determine where an individuals’ use pattern places…

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Treatment and Support Groups

Seeking Treatment When looking for treatment for an individual with a disability, there are five barriers to keep in mind when comparing programs, including: Attitudes—staff training, experience, education, theory. Discriminatory…

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Resources

First Call for Help 211 or 800-543-7709. Chemical Health Assessment Minnesota Chemical Health County Offices If you want to get an assessment or think you need treatment for substance abuse…

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