Suicide Prevention 

Substance Use Prevention 

Let’s call a stigma what it really is – a barrier to giving and getting help. Many of us have misconceptions or hold stigmas about addiction that block our view of who’s living with it and how we can help. The truth is, addiction can affect anyone, and it’s not a choice. Recognizing that is the first step to helping other and preventing the use of substances in an unhealthy or harmful way. 

Contact 988 for Help

If you or someone you know needs immediate help with a substance use disorder, please call or text 988, or click to chat with a local professional who can help. You’re not alone.


The Facts About Addiction

  1. Addiction is a disease, not a choice. Science has shown that addiction is a chronic brain disorder – not a choice or a moral failing.

  2. Substances alter your brain long-term. On top of addiction being a chronic disease, misusing substances can alter important areas of your brain and body, sometime permanently, making it even harder to get help.

  3. Substance use disorders often co-occur with other mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and trauma.

  4. The most widely used substance in South Dakota for adults ages 18+ is alcohol. Because of this, substance use disorders involving alcohol can often go untreated or unrecognized.

Know the Warning Signs 

Signs Someone Might be Living With a Substance Use Disorder or Addiction

Irritability, becomes easily agitated

Sudden mood swings 

Secretive behavior or withdrawing from loved ones

Bloodshot or glazed eyes, shaking and sweating

Unexplained or frequent injuries

Going long periods without sleep

What to Say to a Loved One Living with Addiction

  • I’m sorry you’re living with this disease.

    I care about you.

    I want to help and support you.

    You’re not alone.

    Recovery is possible, no matter what.

    Don’t call them words like “addict,” “junkie,” “drunk” or “druggie.”



Substance Use Prevention Resources 

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