Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

The mission of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) is to develop and maintain an effective chemical health service system in Minnesota that encourages and supports research-informed practices; expands the use of successful models; and systematically monitors outcomes.

News and events

The 2014 Minnesota Survey on Adult Substance Use (MNSASU): A telephone survey conducted in English and Spanish to estimate the need of treatment for substance use disorders.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is conducting a statewide telephone survey on issues related to substance use and mental health. The results of the survey will help Minnesota Department of Human Services better plan for the health needs of Minnesotans, including various prevention and treatment efforts for substance use related issues. The telephone survey is being conducted by Westat, an independent research organization on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

As a single authority responsible for defining a statewide response to drug and alcohol abuse, the Minnesota Department of Human Services requires accurate estimates of the need for substance abuse treatment among adults. The results of the survey will provide useful information to facilitate precise targeting of available resources and to improve prevention and treatment design.

The participants of the survey were randomly selected and the survey is anonymous and confidential. All the information you provide during the interview is held confidential to the fullest extent of the law and will be released only in statistical, summary form. That is, your responses will be aggregated with the responses of others and published as combined information only.

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Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse

Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy’s immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report.

Report shows 2012 substance abuse treatment outcomes

DHS has recently released Chemical Dependency Provider Performance Measures 2012 (PDF), which shows addiction treatment outcomes for all of Minnesota and for individual treatment providers licensed under Rule 31. Among measures reported are rates of homelessness, unemployment, arrest, alcohol and drug use, involvement in self-help groups and family support for recovery at the time individuals are admitted and at the time of their discharge. Declines in these rates are seen as showing success in treatment.

The report also includes information, by provider and statewide, on gender, race, age, primary substance, source of income and referral source of people receiving treatment.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division position on Medication Assisted Therapy

The following is the current thought of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division on the use of medications in the assistance of treatment and recovery from addiction and role in fostering recovery. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. Consensus Statement on the Use of Medications in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (PDF).

Minnesota Recovery Connection supports people

The Minnesota Recovery Connection receives DHS grant funds to provide a variety of resources for people in recovery from alcohol and drug use. In these videos, people share their experience with recovery.

For more Minnesota Recovery Connection videos, visit Minnesota DHS on YouTube.

'Heroin at Home'

The Department of Human Services and Twin Cities Public Television have produced a documentary, “Heroin at Home.” The new documentary examines a dramatic increase in heroin and opiate use in Minnesota and what is being done to address it. For more videos, visit Minnesota DHS on YouTube.

Substance use disorder model of care

DHS partnered with a variety of stakeholders to develop a new model of care for Minnesotans with substance use disorder. This partnership responded to 2012 legislation that directed DHS to develop “a community-based integrated model of care to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the service continuum for individuals with substance use disorder.”

Read Minnesota’s Model of Care for Substance Use Disorder – March 2013 Legislative Report. More information is available on the Substance Use Disorder Model of Care Planning page.

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