The Office of Substance Abuse

The Macomb County Office of Substance Abuse (MCOSA), a department within MCCMH, is responsible for planning, funding, monitoring and coordinating publicly funded substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services for Macomb County residents. MCOSA provides an array of resources such as prevention programs, quality assurance activities, provider network training, assistance with credentialing, license review, substance use recipient rights, consumer complaint resolutions and more.

What is a Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder occurs when a person’s use of alcohol or drugs cause clinically significant impairment including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and age groups. This illness is common, recurrent, and often serious, but is treatable and many people do recover.

Why It’s Important

A substance use disorder is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior. This can lead to the inability to control the use of drugs or medications. Because of this, people with this disorder may continue using the drug despite the harm that it may cause.

Overview of Services

Our substance use services are centered around prevention, treatment and recovery. 

Substance use prevention helps people to live healthier lives by using evidence-based strategies to help promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent behavioral problems across their life span. Our prevention services include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Parenting classes
  • Education 
  • Public presentations 
  • Resilience skill–building    

Treatment services include (but are not limited to) the following:

· Early intervention

· Opioid Health Homes

· Case management

· Opioid Medication Assisted Treatment

· Outpatient treatment

· Residential treatment

· Sub–acute Withdrawal Management/Detoxification · Opioid Health Homes (insert link here (

Recovery services include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Recovery housing 
  • Peer support services

Substance abuse prevention assists people to lead healthier lives, using evidence-based strategies promoting youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the life span. We are guided by principles that help individuals find preventative treatment and relevant information to help our community stay healthy. Click here to learn more about our prevention methods.

Drug Facts and Data

There are many resources available to assist with drug use. Years of research are behind our treatment plans. In terms of substance use, research shows that you are not alone. Drug facts and data may assist in learning more about the problem.
Click here to find our best data resources.

Tobacco & Synar

The use of tobacco products are always started during adolescence when the developing brain is most vulnerable to nicotine addiction. Learn about targeted youth tobacco prevention efforts designed to protect Michigan’s children here.
Click here to learn more.

Recovery is Possible!

Treatment and recovery are ongoing processes that happen overtime. The first step is getting help. Find information here on MCOSA funded recovery housing, along with recovery groups and resources.

  • Recovery Centers—Live Rite, CARE of SEM—Coming Soon
  • Recovery Self-Help Groups
  • Greater Macomb Project VOX (Voices of Recovery)

Advocate—Project Vox members work to develop and influence public policy decisions and support substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs.

Educate—Their goal is to educate members of society, including those working in public systems and political entities.

Celebrate—Current research has opened the door to a greater understanding of those that become addicted to substances.
Project Vox spreads the word and motivates others to get on board.

How to Get help

For general questions for the Office of Substance Abuse, please call 586-469-5278 or email: .

The Access Center is available by phone from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

SUD Oversight Policy Board / End Of Term

Adil, Mannan-  9/30/2022

Barrett, Michael (Vice-Chair)-  9/30/2022

Buyle, Nancy-   9/30/2023

Caskey, Barbara-  (Chair) 9/30/2021

Donovan, Katie-  9/30/2023

Jones, Dr. Benjamin-  9/30/2023

Montalto, Lisa-  9/30/2022

Rager, Kathleen-  9/30/2021

Skelton, James-  9/30/2020

Starr, Alycia-  9/30/2022

Willette, Krista-  9/30/2021

Zemke, Ryan (Secretary)-  9/30/2021

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