As the opioid crisis draws concern from local officials, addictions to other substances still remain a concern. Four County Counseling Center CEO Dr. Carrie Cadwell gave an update on the organization’s addiction programs to the Pulaski County Commissioners last week.
“In general, the top three substances across all the counties that we’re serving, alcohol is always at the top,” Cadwell explained. “That is the single most prevalent condition or diagnosis for folks coming in for substance use treatment at Four County. The second one is marijuana, and the third one is methamphetamine. Those three apply for Pulaski County also. For us opioid use disorder, while individuals are coming in, typically hovers around fourth.”
Nicole Hiatt-Drang is the vice-president of operations for Four County’s northern region. She said that later this month, Four County will host a training academy for peer recovery coaches, and multiple Pulaski County residents have gotten scholarships to attend free of charge. The group will also be launching a free group to provide resources, support, and education to those with family and friends with substance use disorder.