Substance Misuse

According to SAMHSA, 1 in 12 Americans has a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), but most people don’t reach out for help because of fear of stigma and the thought of abstinence. You don’t have to have SUD to assess your relationship with drugs and alcohol and you don’t have to wait until you hit “rock bottom” to make changes. Use the resources on this page to learn more about substance misuse, treatment, and recovery. For more info on how Youturn Health can individuals and family members with substance misuse, please contact

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11 Things Everyone Should Know About Addiction and Recovery

Richard Jones, Chief Clinical Officer of Youturn Health, shares his own story of addiction and recovery and what everyone should know about addiction.

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Substance Use Disorders in Military Veterans — Problems Associated with Access to Care

In 2019, Zach participated in a VA Medical Center 28-day inpatient treatment program for co-occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorder. While it ultimately saved his life, it also opened his eyes to the barriers many military veterans and active-duty servicemen and women have regarding access to behavioral health treatment.

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Engaging in Recovery is Like a Pig Wallowing in the Mud

While many may argue about what “being in recovery” may mean, Elizabeth McKissick, Director of Communications at Youturn Health likens her own 16 years in recovery to a pig wallowing in the mud: it helps her regulate her life, socialize, and maintain healthy habits.

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Ambivalence: Entering Residential Treatment

As a person deep in active addiction, the idea of ever getting help felt completely out of reach to Emily Goff, now a Youturn Health peer coach, not because of lack of support or resources, but because of the conflict within herself to change her way of life. There were so many reasons beyond the stigma of addiction and fear of asking for help that kept her sick for so long.

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