Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a treatable condition. It’s hard to acknowledge that you or your loved one may have a problem. Often times people feel like it’s a character weakness or be too embarrassed to talk about it. Substance abuse is a serious health condition.

Substance abuse can be a life-threatening condition. People would seek care immediately for most life-threatening conditions, but unfortunately, substance abuse stigmas stop many people from seeking treatment, especially if you feel it could jeopardize your career or make you less of a role model for your family or kids. People can seek treatment for substance use too, and they can beat it, they might just need a little help.

There are many licensed experts to assist. Calling a helpline can put you in contact with a licensed care specialist who can listen to and understand your situation. They can arrange a face-to-face evaluation by an expert, who will create a personalized care strategy to help begin the journey to recovery. Experts in dealing with substance abuse can even assign family with a dedicated Care Advocate who will provide support for up to six months after treatment.

On Saturday, September 9, re:Th!nk of Winnebago County is hosting an Addiction Run/Walk to benefit the Solutions Recovery center, Nova Counseling Center, and the D.A.R.E. program. The event will take place at the Solutions Recovery Center in Oshkosh and includes a 7-mile run, 5K run/walk, and 1 miles walk. 

Facilities like Nova Counseling Center in Oshkosh provide support and encouragement for those needing help with substance abuse. Nova supports the Oshkosh community by providing a 50 bed residential facility for adult men and women with substance abuse problems. Ten of those beds are for a halfway house, the Terra House. Nova also has a mentoring program that is facilitated by staff for Drug Court participants and recovering people at Solutions Recovery Club.  Participants from the Terra halfway house and mentor program help out in the community by providing community service hours at many local businesses. 

Do you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse? It can be very hard to watch someone you care for on a path towards self-destruction. You may fear that expressing your concern will appear nagging and make things worse. You can make a difference by asking for advice on how to help from facilities like Solutions and Nova. Addiction is a brain disease that affects people spiritually, mentally, and physically. Facility treatment centers provide a safe place for people to heal from addiction at the beginning of their journey. Licensed care experts can help advise you on how to start talking to your loved one about getting help. It may be a tough call on when to step in, however tackling addiction is a team effort and your intervention could save someone’s life.

For more information on the Addiction Run/Walk, visit or register for the event at For more information about Nova Counseling Center or Solutions Recovery Center, visit their websites at and